Harvard geneticist stores 70 billion copies of his book in DNA

Astounding!

Using next-generation sequencing technology, Church’s team successfully stored the text, images and formatting of the book onto “standalone DNA” obtained from commercial DNA microchips. This was achieved by assigning the four DNA nucleobases the values of the 1s and 0s in the existing html binary code – the adenine and cytosine nucleobases represented 0, while guanine and thymine stood in for 1.

The density at which the data was stored is truly impressive, coming in at 5.5 petabits (one million gigabits) per cubic millimeter. At that rate, according to research partner Sriram Kosuri, the entire amount of digital data created worldwide in one year could theoretically be stored on just four grams of DNA.

via Harvard geneticist stores 70 billion copies of his book in DNA.

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