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WILL WE EVENTUALLY STORE OUR DIGITAL LIVES AS STRANDS OF DNA? Researchers from the European Bioinformatics Institute claim to have successfully encoded 154 Shakespeare sonnets and an MP3 of Martin Luther King's famed "I Have a Dream" speech into a single DNA strand--in other words, about 739KB of information. Perhaps the most amazing part is that researchers were able to read those files again with 100 percent accuracy.


Not junk at all... ENCODE confirms more recent theories that the bulk of 'junk' DNA is actually littered with switches that determine how the genes work and act as a massive control panel. "Our genome is simply alive with switches: millions of places that determine whether a gene is switched on or off," says lead analysis coordinator Ewan Birney of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.