Shelf Awareness brings us this report on April Fools Day. It seems to me to be a breakthrough that we cannot do without:

DNA-Books Could Revolutionize Publishing… Again

Less than a year after scientists found a way to use DNA to encode the contents of a 53,000-word book (while predicting that a practical application for humans was unlikely in the near future), a Chinese company is rumored to be on the verge of unveiling the first commercially viable DNA-Book serum, capable of injecting the contents of a nearly unlimited number of books directly into customers’ brain cells, according to early reports from concerned upstream digital device parts suppliers.

Due in large part to an unexpected plummet in the cost of DNA coding, as well as radical tweaks that solved most of the complications and risks involved while working with living organisms, the DNA-Book may soon be a commercial reality. For an industry already struggling to come to grips with the e-book revolution, an accelerated DNA-Book program raises even greater concerns that it would effectively eliminate the entire publishing industry, placing the future of books in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. 

Plans call for DNA-Book injections to be field tested in several countries–which have yet to be named–before any consideration is given to wholesale or retail prospects, the sources said. Scientists had predicted last August that eventually it “could be cheaper to store information using this method than in conventional digital devices,” the Guardian reported. Suddenly, however, the timetable has changed dramatically. —Robert Gray