Scientists Turn Human DNA Into A Personal Flash Drive

Scientists Turn Human DNA Into A Personal Flash Drive
Innovation

Scientists have successfully encoded MP3s, Shakespeare's sonnets, and research papers onto strands of the double helix molecules.

Emma Hutchings
  • 28 january 2013

Scientists from the European Bioinformatics Institute in the UK have successfully stored and retrieved large amounts of data using DNA. Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, an MP3 of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, and the research paper that first described the double helical nature of DNA, were all encoded into a strand of DNA.

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