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Researchers use DNA to store an mp3, PDF and Shakespeare's sonnets

Are you bored with carting around multiple flashdisks and hard-drives to carry around your digital possessions? How would you feel about storing your files in DNA instead?
A team of researchers has proved it's possible: they successfully managed to code 739 kilobytes of data into DNA, which was then dried and internationally shipped to another lab to be decoded. In the research paper, they explain how they used different sequences of DNA's four bases (A, T, C, and G) to store everything from Shakespearean sonnets, to a PDF of an academic paper, a snapshot of a lab and an MP3 of part of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

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