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Group Massive Attack was the first in the world to encode their music album into a DNA molecule

The cover of the album Mezzanine 1998
The cover of the album Mezzanine 1998

In honor of the 20th anniversary of their most successful album, the Bristol group
Massive Attack turned for help to the German professor Robert Grass in the implementation of a very unusual task.
The front-men group, Robert Del Naya, suggested that audio information can be translated into a genetic code. As it was possible to realize in the laboratory of Turbobeads company in Zurich

Robert Del Naya
Robert Del Naya

The encoding of Teardrop ^ composition has been successfully completed, the fragment of which can be heard on the laboratory’s website.
The entire encoding process will be completed in a couple of months.

“Biological information is stored in DNA bricks, nitrogen bases A, C, G and T. On the CD and hard disk, the data, on the other hand, are represented as sequences of zeros and ones”
Robert Grass – Professor – ETH Zurich

The album had to be compressed to a size of 15 mb, after which it was transferred to the form of biological information.

So it looks like 1/27,000 of the album.
So it looks like 1/27,000 of the album.
So it looks like 1/27,000 of the album.

As a result, 5000 nanoparticles with information encrypted inside will be placed in a special bottle of water, which will allow them to be stored in this state for about a thousand years. At any time, the particles can be extracted, decrypted and lost on the computer.
The album Massive Attack was the first ever musical album recorded on a DNA molecule.
There is a document that has been preserved in this way in Zurich. They became the Federal Charter of 1921, which formed the basis for the formation of the Swiss Confederation.

A clip for Teardrop, which turned in its time the idea of ​​creating music videos and awarded a lot of awards.
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