Scientists encode Shakespeare sonnets into DNA

Scientists have encoded all of Shakespeare's sonnets into DNA in a bid to show how it could replace USB memory sticks and hard drives as a way of storing data.

Could DNA replace USB memory sticks and hard drives in the future?

The researchers artificially produced segments of the 'life molecule' - which contains all the information for human life - and added their own data.

As well as the sonnets, they encoded a 26-second snippet of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech, a photograph and a scientific paper.

The technique could be useful for long-term archiving since no electricity is required to store the data and just one gram of DNA can theoretically hold two petabytes of data - the equivalent of about a million one-gigabyte hard drives.