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Do you know — 1 Gram of DNA Can Store 1,000,000,000 Terabyte of Data for 1000+ Years.
Just last year, Microsoft purchased 10 Million strands of synthetic DNA from San Francisco DNA synthesis startup called Twist Bioscience and collaborated with researchers from the University of Washington to focus on using DNA as a data storage medium.
However, in the latest experiments, a pair of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) have come up with a new technique to store massive amounts of data on DNA, and the results are marvelous.
The duo successfully stored 214 petabytes of data per gram of DNA, encoding a total number of six files, which include: A full computer operating system, An 1895 French movie "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat", A $50 Amazon gift card, A computer virus, A Pioneer plaque, A 1948 study by information theorist Claude Shannon.
The new research, which comes courtesy of Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski, has been published in the journal Science.
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: infolurker
Fascinating and scary at the same time. You want to know how AI will develop and evolve? Here is your answer.
DNA could store all of the world's data in one room
Humanity has a data storage problem: More data were created in the past 2 years than in all of preceding history. And that torrent of information may soon outstrip the ability of hard drives to capture it. Now, researchers report that they’ve come up with a new way to encode digital data in DNA to create the highest-density large-scale data storage scheme ever invented. Capable of storing 215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes) in a single gram of DNA, the system could, in principle, store every bit of datum ever recorded by humans in a container about the size and weight of a couple of pickup trucks. But whether the technology takes off may depend on its cost.
DNA has many advantages for storing digital data. It’s ultracompact, and it can last hundreds of thousands of years if kept in a cool, dry place. And as long as human societies are reading and writing DNA, they will be able to decode it. “DNA won’t degrade over time like cassette tapes and CDs, and it won’t become obsolete,” says Yaniv Erlich, a computer scientist at Columbia University. And unlike other high-density approaches, such as manipulating individual atoms on a surface, new technologies can write and read large amounts of DNA at a time, allowing it to be scaled up
originally posted by: scubagravy
a reply to: infolurker
So does this mean, all of our so called junk DNA may not be junk at all.
It could be stored information that we have not decoded yet ?
Just imagine if we have been to this stage in life previously, and scientists then, stored information on DNA. I somehow doubt it would be public knowledge, this would be huge.
The answer my friends, may be right under our noses.