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.
Scientists have stored some Shakespearean sonnets and part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech by encoding them in DNA -- a process that could preserve those famous words for millennia. The team at the European Bioinformatics Institute isn't the first to try this new approach to data storage. A Harvard team stored around 700 terabytes of digital data in a single gram of DNA last year. AWESOME!