I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed cryptobiologist. Okay, maybe I don't, but if I did, I like to think she would have presented me with this puzzle:
Find the hidden message:
441344•444422•132211 || 111313•114413•221311•221111•134422
The message is the answer to "What is my favorite recently established (though somewhat contested) idea in biology?"
Also, this "friend" of mine is a much better biologist than she is a cryptologist. In fact, she is just about as novice in the "cryptology" scene as one can get.
None of this is required in order to solve the puzzle, but it will probably help.
She told me "You silly chemist, to get you started, consider the elements hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and the halogens; apply their strategy in your strategy. Or consider the behavior those nucleobases you're talking about.
Do you notice any pattern in the numbers? It's small, but it's there. Each number by itself won't mean much.
44 + 1 = 45
44 + 2 = 51
44 - 4 = 35
15 = E; 21 = F."