University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.
UT Austin's Eric Anslyn was trying to generate complex molecules to boost the efficacy of pharmaceuticals and dishwasher detergents, and realized those compounds could be used to represent symbolic values for data storage.
Molecules assembled from these could become their own code language based on a hexidecimal (16-character) code, while the liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy analytical system Anslyn was using could easily analyze and sequence such substances.
The Austen quote was encoded within a hexadecimal molecular language, using software developed by Anslyn's team.
Said Anslyn, "We always write in symbols, and molecules are just another set of symbols that we can assemble—not just for building molecules analogous to those found in nature, but to create our own inventions."
From New Scientist
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