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

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.

Vast quantities of information could be written into DNA; 2.2 petabytes per gram. This could be archived for tens of thousands of years and retrieved with 100% accuracy.

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