Skip to comments.With Shakespeare's help, researchers show potential of DNA for storing digital information
Posted on 01/23/2013 4:29:28 PM PST by BenLurkin
It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries.
Is this some new electronic gadget? Nope. It's DNA.
The genetic material has long held all the information needed to make plants and animals, and now some scientists are saying it could help handle the growing storage needs of today's information society.
Researchers reported Wednesday that they had stored all 154 Shakespeare sonnets, a photo, a scientific paper, and a 26-second sound clip from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. That all fit in a barely visible bit of DNA in a test tube.
The process involved converting the ones and zeroes of digital information into the four-letter alphabet of DNA code. That code was used to create stands of synthetic DNA. Then machines "read" the DNA molecules and recovered the encoded information. That reading process took two weeks, but technological advances are driving that time down, said Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, England. He's an author of a report published online by the journal Nature.
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And just think, we will never lose the greatest works of Snooki and Lady Ga Ga. Civilization is saved!
That isn’t quite the track I have been talking about for years.
Lady GA(CT) GA(CT)
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I've tried to do my part. But maybe in a different way. Thanks martin_fierro.
Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Chase”
Yep. So you are ;).
That’s a little closer to my track, but not quite it.
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