Msg#: 4538822 posted 2:20 am on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
Squillions of bytes in one cup of DNA In his demonstration, Birney and fellow-researcher Nick Goldman, both of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, called on Agilent Technologies to help them a variety of content onto manufactured DNA: a jpg photo of the EMBL-EBI, a PDF of the Watson and Crick paper that first described DNA, a txt file containing all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and an mp3 of Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech.
All of this went onto manufactured DNA strings "as big as a speck of dust"
Msg#: 4538822 posted 9:10 am on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
Sounds interesting, but I wonder what the read/write speeds are. I might be wrong, but I would assume access speed is more critical that physical size at the moment, but I guess that will change at some point.
Good groundwork for the future, I guess, but it'll probably be years and years before we get anything practical out of this. But it's got to start somewhere!