With DNA Data Storage, 3D-Printed Bunnies Carry Their Own Blueprints

Every living thing contains DNA that provides the codes for its existence, and now inanimate objects can have that, too.

In a paper published today in Nature Biotechnology, researchers described how they 3D printed a bunny-shaped trinket that contained DNA encoding the digital instructions for its fabrication. That means that tomorrow, or a thousand years from now, someone could, with merely a piece of that bunny, decode the DNA stored in it, and learn exactly what the trinket looked like, or even 3D print a clone.

The experiment demonstrates that digital information can be stored as DNA in free-form objects. One might call it the DNA of things. 

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