Recently a bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard University managed to store 700TB of data into a single gram of DNA, but theoretically you could store up to 1 Zettabyte onto a single gram of DNA 1ml in volume.
So, do you think one day this bio-storage will become mainstream and replace magnetic drives in the computing world? I think it'd be a great idea. Imagine, just a drop of DNA could hold all your data for life. The DNA storage can even be put into a skin cell (For a short amount of time). Just imagine the possibilities of having that much data in such a small space. Today you'd need 233 2TB drives weighing over 150KG to fit what the fit on to a single gram of DNA.
How it works (Basically):
I for one this this is absolutely amazing and definitely think that this will one day become the standard for storing digital data. In the video he says that it's possible to store the entire internet (All 1.8 Zettabytes of it) on to 4 grams of DNA. All of it. I think that's incredible!
Do you think this will one day be the standard? Also, what possibilities can you invision that use this technology?
Maybe in a slightly different context. There's a lot of speculation about devices being integrated into our biology. In consideration of the "Singularity"; the strength of this notion is that we either become it or compete with it.
answered Aug 17 '12 at 18:38
I didn't read the article, but I would imagine it wouldn't be stored on us, but there would be a modified piece of tissue or something in a box, for some reason, I'm picturing something like a dalek, no clue why, but what ever. But the box would contain the data, modifying our own DNA, to store information a little risky, don't you think, what if the nucleus[5th grade biology coming back to me now] containing the DNA decides to split the cell, and since its not data we can use, or if it just happens to decode into (our body's source code, par say) something bad, its like having 2 operating systems that have similar forms of batch, I'm making it up but say
What if the cell then mutates using the DNA in the cell and then becomes like a cancerous mass of cells , Am I making sense or have I been watching too many sci-fi related things...
answered Aug 18 '12 at 01:50