Thursday, 24 January 2013

Shall I compare thee to a strand of DNA?

For billions of years DNA has been life’s data storage medium. Now, according to an Nature article scientists have used DNA to code and store their media and information, from all of Shakespeare’s sonnets to an audio recording of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. There is also an RSC Chemistry World article on the topic of high capacity stable synthesized DNA - see blogpost title.  So is it time to finally dump all those dvds and cds? The commercial data storage potential is just beginning to get interesting.