Shakespeare’s sonnets weighing 0.3 millionths of a millionth of a gram

2Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets have been  written in DNA by scientists in Cambridge to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic storage, says the Guardian.

“Huge quantities of information could be written into specks of DNA and archived for tens of thousands of years, the researchers claim,”  says the story.

Nick Goldman and Birney made strands of DNA that stored part of an audio file of Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech “I have a dream”, and the research paper that first described the double helical nature of DNA by Francis Crick and James Watson, a decade earlier,”  writes I, continuing

“Written in DNA, one of Shakespeare’s sonnets weighs 0.3 millionths of a millionth of a gram.

“One gram of DNA could hold as much information as more than a million CDs, the researchers said.”

The two, at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, near Cambridge, came up with the idea in a pub in Hamburg, Sample  says, adding.

“They wondered what alternatives might exist to the expensive hard disks and magnetic tapes used to store the growing datasets that are becoming ever more common in biology.

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