I've recently read a couple articles dealing with long term data storage, and DNA was suggested as one of the prime candidates for long term storage of digital data additionally, there is this article which deals with decoding of long storage data. These popular articles, though simple do mention important concepts- how packets are stored in DNA use addressing schemes, redundancy of storage, writing for a recipient who may be using a different language, etc.
This made me think - we have the SETI initiative which is looking for signs of (intelligent) life in the universe. That organization was created long time ago, and uses technologies of those days - radio waves. The modern science knows that we can store a lot of data in DNA, and that most organism DNA contains only a small fraction of protein coding sequences and a large amount of non-coding material. If I understand correctly, some of the non coding material is repetitive and highly preserved. Has anyone considered expanding the search for intelligent life to include examination of DNA for messages that might've been left by other intelligent species actually visiting earth?