DNA Data Storage?

By Brooklynn Shannon

What is DNA?

substance carrying organism's genetic information: a nucleic acid molecule in the form of a twisted double strand double helix that is the major component of chromosomes and carries genetic information.

DNA Data Storage!

A team of British researchers has used DNA — the genetic building blocks of life — to record Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

The experiment, along with another published late last year, shows that what we think about as life's alphabet can also be used to preserve our greatest creations, perhaps for thousands or tens of thousands of years. The researchers used strands of DNA synthesized by a machine — not from a living creature — encoded to create the zeros and ones of digital technology. Although the two teams worked independently and used different codes, their papers are "fraternal twins," Endy said, that show it will soon be both realistic and practical to record vast reams of information in strands of chemicals too small to see


Scientists have been able to recover DNA from a woolly mammoth, dead for 20,000 years, so the researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute who conducted the new study said they expect information stored on DNA will be around for a while. Also, since all life on Earth is made of DNA, we should have the capacity to read that information regardless of how technology changes over the next millennia.