A Journal of Musical ThingsSoon, You'll Be Able to Store Your Music Files in Your DNA - A Journal of Musical Things

Published on January 25th, 2013 | by Alan Cross


Soon, You’ll Be Able to Store Your Music Files in Your DNA

Or at least that’s the promise of these new developments announced this week in the science journal, Nature.  I quote from Readability:

Scientists have stored audio and text on fragments of DNA and then retrieved them with near-perfect fidelity—a technique that eventually may provide a way to handle the overwhelming data of the digital age.

The scientists encoded in DNA—the recipe of life—an audio clip of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a photograph, a copy of Francis Crick and James Watson’s famous “double helix” scientific paper on DNA from 1953 and Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. They later were able to retrieve them with 99.99% accuracy. 

Cool, no?  Continue reading.

About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑