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DNA Stores Data More Efficiently than Anything We've Created

Casey Luskin August 29, 2012 12:39 PM

A fasincating story at ExtremeTech.com, "Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram," reports that Harvard scientists have broken the record for the data storage density in DNA. According to the story, they "successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data -- around 700 terabytes -- in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times." To give an idea of how much information that is, Wikipedia reports that Google processes about 25 petabits of information each day. So this method, apparently, could store all of Google's daily information in less than 5 grams of DNA. The ExtremeTech.com article puts it this way:



Nothing made by humans can approach these kind of specs. Who would have thought that DNA can store data more efficiently than anything we've created. But DNA wasn't designed -- right?

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