A French teenager has transcribed parts of the Bible and Quran into DNA and injected them into his body.
Reports suggest he injected one text into each thigh.
The Kid, Adrien Locatelli is a 16-year-old high school student posted a paper in December 0f 2018 on the preprint server os, where he claimed that this “is the first time that someone injects himself macromolecules developed from a text.”
In an interview with LiveScience, Locatelli, who attends the boarding school Lycée les Eaux Claires in Grenoble, France, said he did not make use of any special equipment for his ‘religious’ experiment.
“I just needed to buy a saline solution and a syringe because VectorBuilder sent me liquid and ProteoGenix sent me powder,” he told Live Science.
In the paper posted on the preprint server, Locatelli said that not only did he inject the DNA into his body without knowledge of whether or not they would harm him, he claims to have actually built the DNA sequences himself by translating each religious texts including the Book of Genesis and Koran into the building blocks of DNA.
DNA is made out of four units, each of which was assigned a letter. Locatelli assigned one of those four letters to each and every character in the Quran and the Bible.
According to reports, the proteins used in the experiment were built in a laboratory, before Locatelli injected them into his body.
It is believed that the French teenager converted Hebrew passages from Genesis 1:1 to 11:9, excluding 2:10 to 2:14, 5, and 7:1 to 7:5 since according to him, they were “controversial,” the Daily Mail explained. Locatelli has claimed he also converted Arabic passages from Surah Ar-Ra’d, the 13th chapter of the Quran.
“It is the first time that someone injects himself [with] macromolecules developed from a text. It is very symbolic even if it does not have much interest,” Locatelli concluded.