Monday, August 20, 2012

Scientists Store 704TB of Storage in One Strand of DNA

It seems the folks at Harvard are at it again. This time looking to more widespread areas. One that you never though would work as a storage device, yet nature almost uses it like one. And what they've done here is a "port". Treating each DNA base (A, C, T, and G) as a binary. By using this method and a microfludic chip that help write to the DNA. Using this they were able to fit 704TB of data on to 1 cubic millimeter. Imagine how much data you could put on a hard drive filled with DNA. Still this a new technology meaning there are a few issues. The first one being the processing time being incredibly slow, and living cells would quickly destroy the data. This still has a long way to go before you can plug in your organic drive and have endless data. But with endless storage there also needs to be endless bandwidth. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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