In a show of alternative data storage systems, researchers at the University of Washington, Microsoft Research, and Twist Bioscience have saved audio recordings of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" and Miles Davis' "Tutu on" DNA.
"The original recordings were part of the Montreux Jazz Festival archive, which is also where the new DNA-encoded versions will live," reports GeekWire.
This is not the first time researchers at UW and Microsoft have experimented with saving data to synthetic DNA. The feet aims to prove DNA as a viable source for storing lots of information that companies might need as the need to store more data arises. Sometimes in the cloud.
Storage is not the only research area that the two have been delving into. A new paper published in July by the journal Nature Nanotechnology, scientists at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research describe a method that uses spatial organization to build nanoscale computational circuits made of synthetic DNA.
George Church from Harvard Medical School in a video posted to YouTube explains why scientists have begun to explore synthetic DNA for archival purposes. Accompanying him in the video, Wyss Institute's Sriram Kosuri says data on DNA lasts long and people can recover the data after thousands of years.