154 Sonnets of Shakespeare encoded and stored in strands of DNA

Jan 26, 2013 16:49 IST

The researchers from EMBL- European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in January 2013 developed a new method that allows storage of 100 million hours of high definition video in a cup of DNA. Researchers claim that into a speck of DNA a huge amount of information can be written for being stored for tens of thousands of years.

The scientists in Cambridge downloaded all the 154 sonnets of Shakespeare on the strands of the synthetic DNA, a genetic storage device have been used. A part of Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech I have a dream, in its audio format have also been stored by the scientists on strands of DNA and this describes the double helical nature of DNA.

This is a breakthrough, carrying possibilities of solve the problems to store the ever-growing mountain of Data. Scientists were successful in decoding the information and reproduction of the Brad’s words with complete accuracy.

One sonnet from Shakespeare weighs 0.3 millionths of a millionth of a gram when written on the DNA and thus a gram of the DNA can easily store information that more than one million of compact disks (CDs) can store.

Scientists claimed that the DNA can be used as the robust way to store information as the information once stored in it can be extracted from the mammoth bones, even after tens of thousands of years.

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