DNA stores digital data
January 24, 2013 |
Martin Luther King had a dream, but I bet he never dreamed his famous speech would be stored inside synthetic DNA. Researchers in the UK have used DNA created in a laboratory to store audio speeches and Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Although it’s expensive to achieve, a measly 41 grams of DNA can store the same amount of data as 2 million DVDs and last for millennia in cold, dark conditions with no electricity. I always thought nature knew best!
This research appears in the 23 January 2013 issue of the journal Nature.
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