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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Heritable Memories Bloodline  
  Using magical means to tie specific memories to the bloodlines of selected families.  

The memories are typically specific visual and factual data.

"We have all talked of the heritable memories of the House of Dare," she went on... maybe the old wizards, the engineers who raised the Keep, knew that records do get lost, especially when, as you said, fire is the principal weapon."

Gil's finger stabbed out like a sword. "They tied the memory to the bloodline and that was their record! A record that wouldn't get lost and couldn't be destroyed."

From The Time of the Dark, by Barbara Hambly.
Published by Will Look Up in 1982
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Compare to the DNA music storage from Year Zero (2012) by Rob Reid.

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