A student has cracked DNA Code challenge and won 1 Bitcoin
European Bioinformatics Institute professor Nick Goldman, had created the deadline for the Challenge. But the student Sander Wuyts University of Antwerp doctoral has successfully solved the DNA Storage Bitcoin Challenge before the deadline.
“Goldman was still willing to send me a tube of DNA,” Wuyts reports in an accompanying release regarding how he decided to enter at the end of 2017 after seeing a tweet from the well-known British scientist.
Wuyts and a small team helped to win the prize, even making a “small hackathon” to increase the potential for cracking the DNA code.
Wuyts’ is the latest example of what has been a common trend in Bitcoin for several years: motivating the innovation, mostly through hackathons, to the future with the capabilities of new technology.
“To be honest, I had my doubts about the feasibility of using DNA to store data. This challenge changed that. Now I know very well that this new technology offers great opportunities, maybe even for my own future research.”
He revealed that he will be using the Bitcoin prize money for funding research and reward those who helped him win.