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Bioencryption can store almost a million gigabytes of data inside bacteria

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posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:12 PM
An interesting article about a new method of data storage , utilizing E.Coli bacteria .

A new method of data storage that converts information into DNA sequences allows you to store the contents of an entire computer hard-drive on a gram's worth of E. coli bacteria...and perhaps considerably more than that.

In a presentation on their breakthrough, the Hong Kong researchers showed how to change the word "iGEM" into DNA-ready code. They used the ASCII table to convert each of the individual letters into a numerical value (i=105, G=71, etc.), which can then be changed from base-10 to base-4 (105=1221, 71=0113, etc.). Finally, those numbers can be changed into their DNA base equivalents, with 0, 1, 2, and 3 replaced with A, T, C, and G. And so iGEM becomes ATCTATTGATTTATGT.

Those are only a few paragraphs from the article , if you are interested go read the full thing

Link to article :

Now I wonder , if we start using bacteria to store data , does that mean that we will have to rethink the way computer viruses will work , and does that mean that antibiotics will become the new computer threat
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posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 07:32 PM
That reminds me of the book GOD Code. Isn't DNA already a coded sequence that we are yet to decode? And isn't the so called junk part of DNA's code similar to languages? I think I read that it contains a huge library worth of coded messages, that hasn't been decoded yet.

Great topic! Thx!

posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 08:11 PM
yeah, Just think of all the data stored within our bodies,
not to mention our actual 'essence'.

It reminds me of "the god code" also.


posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 01:09 PM
reply to post by ptahotep76

Yeah I'd like to know more about the topic. Maybe you should start a new thread on the subject.

I'm referring to the matter of our "junk" DNA & what it is.

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 01:27 PM
reply to post by Thill

You may be interested to know that some companies are already using DNA in their computer components, for example A-Data uses a DNA signature on it memory RAM chips for anti-counterfeiting purposes:

What worries me is if the e-coli get attacked by a virus, your data will get messed up:

That's a real bacteria killing virus by the way, a bacteriophage t4

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 08:36 PM
man, I feel stupid when I hear things like this. how the hell does bacteria store information

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 08:37 PM
This is pretty awesome! How can the bacteria be kept alive though? Won't it eventually die?

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 08:39 PM
reply to post by Etherea1

It works the same basic way in how our DNA stores our genetic information. Machinery is in many ways just a different form of Organics.

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