View Full Version : DNA, the new data storage medium?

01-23-2013, 03:30 PM
Costs a fortune now, but may be the answer for very long term data storage in the future.

"A team of British researchers has used DNA the genetic building blocks of life to record Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.The experiment, along with another published late last year, shows that what we think about as life's alphabet can also be used to preserve our greatest creations, perhaps for thousands or tens of thousands of years.
"The idea that DNA, which people think of as a biological molecule, can be used as a physical storage tape in a non-biological function is pretty incredible," said Drew Endy, a Stanford University bioengineer who was not involved in the work."


01-23-2013, 07:53 PM
At this point I wish I was a better at math. We store data now in binary code, ones and zeros. DNA is quaternary. What does that do for storage density? A lot I suspect.