Thou Art More Lovely and More Efficient


As the amount of digital data in the world balloons, so do the costs of storing that data.

Some scientists are experimenting with ways to save data on a “device” much older—but also much more efficient—than hard drives: DNA itself.

The first thing they encoded on a double helix of nucleotides? A text file containing one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →