Friday, February 8, 2013

"Genetic hard drive" could store data using DNA

This is quite interesting, could we be in store for a new storage medium or storage revolution? Scientists have recently been able to store Shakespeare`s collected works (154 sonnets) on strands of DNA. They were then able to decode the same stored information with complete accuracy.

The daily mail reports:

"The landmark study paves the way to storing huge amounts of data using the same method evolved by Nature to write the 'Book of Life'.
Theoretically, 100million hours of high definition video could be stored in a cupful of DNA - equivalent to every film and TV programme ever created.
Unlike magnetic tape, which degrades within a decade, DNA is a hardy material that can last for tens of thousands of years. A DNA archive also requires no constant supply of electric power, as do hard disks.

For their experiment, the British scientists employed a California-based company to create strands of artificial DNA that corresponded to their coding instructions.
The end result was a small test-tube the size of a little finger containing a tiny amount of dry dusty material. This was the DNA, which was then 'read' and decoded to reproduce the original file."

interesting indeed

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