Inspired by the resilience of the data stored by the DNA, British-based scientists were able to store and retrieve a sequence of Binary code — Shakespeare’s sonnets — on a DNA speck:
The process involved converting the ones and zeroes of digital information into the four-letter alphabet of DNA code. That code was used to create stands of synthetic DNA. Then machines “read” the DNA molecules and recovered the encoded information perfectly. The reading process took two weeks, but technological advances are driving that time down, said co-author Ewan Birney of the institute.
This is computer and biological engineering at its best, quiet simply, the closest thing to Johnny Mnemonic I’ve known thus far.