|Title||An Estimate of the Total DNA in the Biosphere|
|Why should I read this?|
The total information content in the biosphere is estimated at 5.3 × 1031 megabases (Mb) of DNA. This information content suggests biosphere processing speeds exceeding yottaNOPS values (1024 Nucleotide Operations Per Second). In this way, the biosphere can be visualised as a large, parallel supercomputer, with the information storage represented by the total amount of DNA and the processing power symbolised by transcription rates. In analogy with the Internet, all organisms on Earth are individual containers of information connected through interactions and biogeochemical cycles in a large, global, bottom-up networkThis information-based approach offers a new way to quantify anthropogenic and natural processes in the biosphere and its information diversity over time.
|Published Date and Journal||June 11, 2015, PLOS|