Imagine a book that is 53,000 words long, but only about the size of a thumbnail. How can this be possible? By writing a book entirely with DNA code, scientists have been able to cram all this information, including 11 images, into a book so tiny it can’t be seen with the naked eye. The book, titled ‘Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA’ has 70 million copies, but most haven’t had the opportunity to read this scientific breakthrough, let alone hear of it.
How long did this DNA encoded book take to write?
Only about two weeks, claim the main authors, George Church and Ed Regis. This DNA-encrypted book may be the new leading way of storing data for the future, as just a tiny amount of space is needed to place thousands upon thousands of words. Imagine a library of books entirely in DNA code- so little space would be needed for the millions of words that libraries could one day become obsolete as we all know them.
Does this mean more books will be released in this scientific fashion? Not necessarily- while the actual DNA book took only a few weeks to reach completion, the research and science behind it all took several years to master. This book may be a real eye catcher and lead to amazing things to come in the way data is represented in the future, but for now books will continue to remain just as they are. Still, a book the size of a thumbnail entirely in DNA code is quite a breakthrough in the name of science!
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