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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DNA Could Store Data For Centuries

Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries

John Markkoff | December 3, 2015

Computer data has been depicted as microscopic magnetic smudges, electric charges and even Lilliputian patterns of dots that reflect laser beams. It may ultimately move into the fabric of life itself — encoded in the organic molecules that are strung together like pearls to form strands of DNA.
In two recent experiments, a team of computer scientists at the University of Washington and Microsoft, and a separate group at the University of Illinois, have shown that DNA molecules can be the basis for an archival storage system potentially capable of storing all of the world’s digital information in roughly nine liters of solution, about the amount of liquid in a case of wine.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Dr. Church is attempting to code the 1902 French silent film “A Trip of the Moon” (believed by many to be the first science-fiction movie ever made) onto an unusual, denser type of genetic material known as “unnatural DNA.”
Unnatural DNA, the publication explains, was designed specifically to store high quantities of data and is different that the genes typically found in living organisms. With the financial support of film industry heavyweight Technicolor, Dr. Church’s lab is taking the hundreds of miniscule pixels that make up each image of a movie and assigning them a code based on color.


<more at; related links: (Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram. August 17, 2012) and (Scientist: I’m going to code a film into DNA. August 12, 2015)>

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