Shakespeare’s Sonnets and DNA

Posted on January 24th, 2013 , tagged as

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ShakespeareThe Guardian posted a thought-provoking article today explaining how a device enabled Shakespeare’s sonnets to be encoded onto a strand of DNA.

The experiment was conducted in order to demonstrate the storage capacity of DNA – one gram, for example, can hold as much information as a million CDs. The speck of DNA was then fed back into a gene sequencing machine and sonnets were able to be read again. Read about more the experiment here.

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