Posted by : Harish venkat Friday, 15 February 2013
Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute have developed a method of encoding digital data in strands of DNA, which would take up only a fraction of the physical space today's hard drives do and could last for thousands of years without a source of power. Data files synthesized onto pieces of DNA no larger than a specks of dust were able to be decoded perfectly after being sent from California to the institute in Cambridge, UK Taking advantage of DNA's physical structure, data was translated from binary to trinary. The researchers estimate that 2.2 Petabytes of data can be stored per gram of DNA; million times more dense than hard drives today.
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