Sunday August 19, 2012

DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive

As far as storage devices go, nothing really compares to the amount of information Mother Nature can store in the genetic code in DNA. A new system has been developed by a synthetic biologist at Harvard Medical School (no, the biologist is not synthetic big grin), that will store massive amounts of data in DNA and reassemble the information back into a digital form.

To encode a digital file, researchers divide it into tiny blocks of data and convert these data not into the 1s and 0s of typical digital storage media, but rather into DNA’s four-letter alphabet of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts