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Researchers store digital data in DNA

Courtesy: European Molecular Biology Laboratory Courtesy: European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Hinxton, United Kingdom - A real-life project that sounds more like something you'd see in a science fiction movie suggests you won't need discs or drives to store information in the future.

Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute say they've succeeded putting data from all of Shakespeare's sonnets, a photo, a scientific paper, and a MP3 clip of the famous "I Have a Dream" speech in a barely visible bit of DNA in a test tube. They also say they've succeeded retrieving the 750 kilobytes of data. BBC's website shows the digital photo that was encoded.

The researchers expect development of this science will mean you will eventually be able to store information from one million compact discs in a space no bigger than your little finger.

You can read more about the DNA project in the journal, Nature.

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