Faraday's Headache

In a Nature Letter (and I’m sorry if that’s behind a paywall–I can’t tell from here), researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute and Agilent Technologies introduced a method of encoding information onto DNA.  The concept is not terribly new, but I appreciate their thoughtful approach to addressing many of the problems in DNA data storage.

To test their method, the researchers encoded the works of Shakespeare, an excerpt from MLK’s “I have a dream” speech, a photo of their lab, the famous Watson and Crick DNA paper (which I just love the tip of the hat to those that made this possible) and their encoding procedure (totaling about 3/4 of a MB) onto DNA, then shipped it to Germany from the USA, and decoded the information with a stated 100% recovery rate.

I really appreciate the work of these researchers, because they’ve moved beyond the ‘because we can’ and have…

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