Humanity’s legacy, including Shakespeare’s sonnets,
may be best preserved in DNA databases.
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Synthetic double-helix faithfully stores Shakespeare’s sonnets

‘Error-free’ technique encodes large files in molecular form.

Ed Yong
23 January 2013

A team of scientists has produced a truly concise anthology of verse by encoding all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in DNA. The researchers say that their technique could easily be scaled up to store all of the data in the world.

Along with the sonnets, the team encoded a 26-second audio clip from Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, a copy of James Watson and Francis Crick’s classic paper on the structure of DNA, a photo of the researchers’ institute and a file that describes how the data were converted. The researchers report their results today on Nature’s website1.

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