Better Than An eReader: Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books In DNA
Via Computer World:
Scientists have long seen DNA as a potential storage medium because of its atomic size, stability, and lifespan; and the nerds over at Harvard were recently able to blow their old storage records out of the water. They transcribed an HTML version of the book Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA into binary, then encoded 70 billion copies of it into DNA. In total, they stored 5.5 petabits, or 1 million gigabits, per cubic millimeter into the storage medium.
As a storage device, DNA could easily hold everything in the world—literally. "The total world's information, which is 1.8 zettabytes, [could be stored] in about four grams of DNA," said Sriram Kosuri, king nerd on the Harvard project.
How amazing is that?
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