A genetic storage device has been used to 'download' each of the 154 sonnets onto the synthetic DNA.
Scientists will then be able to decode the information and reproduce the words of Shakespeare with accuracy.
A similar process was used to store 26 seconds of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech as well as a photograph of the Cambridgeshire laboratory where the work was carried out.
Researchers have discovered that 100 million hours of high definition video could theoretically be stored in a cupful of DNA.
This is the equivalent of every film and television show ever made.
DNA is a material that lasts for tens of thousands of years, unlike magnetic tape which degrades within a decade.
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