posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 12:02 PM
I read this article and had a jaw dropping experience. So, I thought I'd share it with other computer geeks.
Researchers in Hong Kong have made some serious progress in the technique called biostorage. Basically storing data on a bio organism's DNA.
They don't alter the DNA, just tag on a bit of excess data. In 2007, they tagged M=MC2 on the DNA of a common soil bacterium. That doesn't sound
like much,but as the bacterium reproduce, the tag is copied from generation to generation. With a fail safe to prevent in case of corrupted data.
The fact that the tag or data is copied from generation to generation means that data can be theoretically stored for 1000's of years.
The group has developed a method of compressing data, splitting it into chunks and distributing it between different bacterial cells, which
helps to overcome limits on storage capacity. They are also able to "map" the DNA so information can be easily located.
This opens up the way to storing not only text, but images, music, and even video within cells.
Just how much is a Petabyte of video? There is a MILLION Gigabytes in one Petabyte. Over 13 years of High Definition video content.
Or 20 Million, 4 drawer file cabinets filled with text.
Google is estimated at one time to handle 20 Petabytes of data in ONE day.
Someone calculated that the ENTIRE written works of mankind from the beginning of recorded history. (In all languages) would equal about 50
So... sounds like we will have some pretty awesome storage technology in 10 or 20 years. Heck, I remember the 8" floppy diskette I had on my
Anyway, they won't be storing petri dish in your computer any day soon, but who knows what is in store (pun intended) 20 years from now.
Anyway here is the full story. Hope you enjoy.
edit on 10-1-2011 by ByteChanger because: doh...
Topic should be petabyte not petagram...