Title

An Algorithm for Encryption Using Molecular Genetics

Document Type

Presentation or Lecture

Publication Date

9-1999

Publication Title

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications

Conference or Event

International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications

Department

Neuroscience

Abstract

We introduce a novel approach to cryptography by amalgamating two cryptic concepts: molecular genetics and image patterning. The genetic code for an organism is unique and yet to be cracked. Formed on the basis of just four nucleotide bases, numerous variations of characteristics are produced. At the same time, encoding using images gives rise to millions of patterns. We draw a parallel between a combination of these and cryptography, thereby attempting to achieve a high level of data security. The first phase of our encryption process deals with concepts from molecular genetics involving meiosis, fertilization, translation, and mutation. Our next phase involves the encryption of data in the form of images. We have tested the algorithm to encode data and image files. Results are presented in the form of sample images.