Swiss scientists successfully "clone" plastic rabbits with synthetic DNA

Researchers from the Higher Technical School of Zurich (Switzerland) conducted an experiment in which they tried to create DNA for inanimate objects. The goal is to learn how to convey information about the structure of synthetic structures in each of their particles, so that with the help of any fragment it is possible to reproduce the entire object as a whole. This opens up incredibly wide opportunities for the preservation and distribution of man-made things.

Scientists have long dreamed of creating an artificial analogue of DNA. Nature has created an excellent information storage system, where one gram of a substance can fit 215 petabytes of data, which can be easily copied in its entirety and build a living organism of any complexity on its basis. Moreover, each of its cells automatically receives a backup copy of the original data, and under suitable conditions it can store this information for millions of years. It's no surprise that people want to do something similar for their own purposes.

Swiss scientists took a digital model of the Stanford Bunny rabbit figurine as a blueprint for 3D printing. The model was coded into real DNA, which was packed in silicon balls for protection. They were added to polymer and printed as a full-size rabbit. Then it was handed over to another team, which cut plastic sections in different places, found silicon cells, deciphered the data from the DNA and printed new shapes based on them.

The procedure was carried out for several generations of figures, and between the fourth and fifth they took a break of nine months, but the DNA still remained stable, the information was read without interference. At the next stage, the organic molecule was replaced by laser engraving on plexiglass, which made the information cell practically eternal. Now, if you automate the process of taking samples, extracting data and printing finished objects from them, you can establish an endless release of arbitrary items.