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Massive Attack's landmark album to be coded in DNA

•, Paul Ridden Paul Ridden

Digital audio will be translated into genetic code and stored in DNA strands housed in tiny glass beads.

Mezzanine was Massive Attack's third studio album, and the one that got the band international recognition thanks to powerful single releases like Teardrop (with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins on vocals) and Risingson. It was released in April 1998 and went straight to the UK Albums Chart top spot, and remains the group's most successful to date.

Transferring the album to DNA storage has been undertaken by Professor Robert Glass from ETH Zurich's Functional Materials Lab and his colleague Reinhard Heckel of Rice University, based on techniques developed 3 years ago that resulted in the Swiss Federal Charter of 1291 being stored in DNA. "What is new about the project with Massive Attack is that this technology is now also being used commercially," said Grass.