Researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) have been able to store large amounts of data on a DNA sequence. Six types of files were stored on the DNA, including a full computer operating system, an Amazon gift card, a French film, a computer virus, a Pioneer plaque and a 1948 study. The process of recovering the stored files was facilitated in part by Twist Bioscience, a San Francisco startup that boasts of digital to biological data translation.
Worried about the viability of this technique?
According to a computer science professor at Columbia Engineering,”DNA won’t degrade over time like cassette tapes and CDs, and it won’t become obsolete—if it does, we have bigger problems,”.
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Contributed by: Lawrence Jones
Written by: Emem Okoh, Hopkins Bio Editor