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You might call it the smallest movie ever made.
This week, a team of scientists report that they have successfully embedded a short film into the DNA of living bacteria cells. The mini-movie, really a GIF, is a five-frame animation of a galloping thoroughbred mare named Annie G.
“DNA has a lot of properties that are good for archival storage,” Shipman said. “It’s much more stable than silicon memory if you wanted to hold something for thousands of years.”
After the entire movie had been inserted into the genome, the authors boiled the cells to extract the DNA and then sequenced the regions where they thought the encoded movie frames would be. After running the extracted sequences through a computer program, the team found they were able to play back their movie with 90% accuracy.
“There are certain places we can’t go that a cell can go,” Shipman said. “The brain is locked away inside the skull, and these changes happen rapidly and all at the same time.”
originally posted by: silo13
What say you all?
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: AMPTAH
They could recover all the images you have seen. All of'em......
originally posted by: charlyv
a reply to: silo13
Amazing, but first off, a 10% data loss is a lot to lose. There would have to be considerable redundancy and error correction to make up for that, if even possible.
There have been so many DNA related revelations of late and one just wonders at what will be possible in as little as ten years.