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Shakespeare has more than one set of DNA!

Posted on Feb 13, 2013

Shakespeare has more than one set of DNA!

Nick Goldman of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at Hinxton, UK, led a team of scientists that successfully stored all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in DNA, along with other miscellaneous bits of information suitable for the test. They did this to test how viable nucleic acid is as a storage device, such as hard disc or magnetic tape. George Church, a molecular geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, successfully used DNA as storage last year. This new test shows the viability of the new idea.

According to researchers, under the right circumstances, DNA can be stored for millennia. And, I might add, there is little chance of DNA becoming outdated and following the path of albums and floppy discs, being replaced by new technology. We will always be able to read DNA.

The particulars of how they encoded the information are a bit too complex for me to grasp and write about, but if you are interested in learning more, I urge you to visit here: www.nature.com/news/synthetic-double-helix-faithfully-stores-shakespeare-s-sonnets-1.12279. And, while it still is in its initial stages of research and very cost prohibitive, it shows great promise as a blossoming new technology and has opened up a new field of science!

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