Shakespeare sonnet DNA file – DNA as data storage? Seems like an odd idea but scientists in Cambridge, UK are saying that a gram of DNA could store as much information as a million CDs. To showcase this they have put every single one of Shakespeare’s sonnets into DNA, spelled out word by word! WOW!
Shakespeare sonnet DNA file
I know a lot of things have been being done with DNA and DNA research but data storage was not something that crossed my mind. Of course thinking about it it makes complete sense.
Like all great ideas this idea was first conceived in a pub, in Hamburg. The scientists started sketching out their ideas for storing data in DNA as a potential future alternative to hard drives and tape.
THe idea flourished and became a full on experiment with a code being developed that allowed the binary for the data to be translated into something that could be firstly stored in DNA and then read again at a later date,
As well as all of Shakespeare’s sonnets an audio file containing part of Dr King’s “I have a Dream” speech and the research paper by Francis Crick and James Watson that first described the double helical nature of DNA.
So they transcribed all of this into their code, emailed a company who makes DNA in the USA and then that was sent back to them several weeks later. Running it through a gene sequencing machine they were able to read all the info store.
DNA can be stored in a variety of conditions and lasts for an extremely long time, hence being able to still read Mammoth DNA! Also this particular DNA is said to be harmless to living this as it’s coded differently. Our bodies would apparently just break it down.
Right now the technology of coding information is too expensive to even start developing a replacement for hard drives but the cost of such things has plummeted in the last ten years so we are likely to see a similar drop in the next and one day we may well have DNA data storage in our home computers, mobile phones and maybe even stored within our body!
Much more detail can be read in this article from The Guardian.