01/25/2013

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Encoded in DNA

9:57 minutes

Reporting in Nature, researchers write of encoding a variety of files—jpg, mp3, txt, and pdf—into strands of DNA. Lead author Nick Goldman says DNA is extraordinarily long-lasting, compared to today’s hard drives or magnetic tapes. And if all the world’s information were written in DNA, he says, it would fit in the back of a station wagon.

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Nick Goldman

Nick Goldman is the leader of the research team studying molecular genome evolution for the European Bioinformatics Institute, in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.