Harvard Cracks DNA Storage

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Aug 18, 2012

Harvard Cracks DNA Storage by Gahars at 12:20 AM (6,601 Views / 21 Likes) 101 replies

  1. Gahars
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    So, DNA (or Deoxyribonucleic Acid for the ladies). Like any storage device, its main job is to hold data. However, instead of storing porn pirated software completely legitimate documents like your hard drive, DNA contains the genetic material that determines how you develop.

    Now let's say you're a mad scientist (who happens to be employed by Harvard University) and you wanted to use DNA like an organic hard drive. How much information could you really store in there anyway?

    Buckle in, kids, because we're diving into some real science-type shenanigans now...

    [​IMG] Extreme Tech

    It's a bit mind bending when you think about it: This is a 1 TB hard drive. (Going by the shipping weight for the sake of the example) It weighs 1.6 pounds, which is roughly 726 grams. With DNA, you could hold 193,200 TB of information for the same weight.

    That's a whole lot of porn pirated software completely legitimate documents.

    Now, it'll be some time before we can even dream of making the leap to DNA, and it's not all that fast at the moment. Still, once the kinks get ironed out and improved upon, we could be looking at the very future of data storage... and it was with us the whole time.

    Huh. Science is kind of funny like that.
     
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    Could DNA storage provide a possible respite for Onlive?
     
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    Hm. Where's a link to download the whole internet? Pretty sure I'll have the room for that now.
     
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    coming in the near future: nintendo revolution complete with DNA drive!
     
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    Suddenly the crazy twist of Megaman Battle Network seems feasible.
     
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    While it sounds nice, it also sounds kind of weird operating on DNA. Next will be DNA computers or pretty much DNA everything.

    Who's DNA are they using?

    With DNA Storage, you would be set for life.
     
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    Huh. Fascinating.
     
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    that is very interesting.
     
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    Imagine 700 terabytes+ memery cards or
    Mass storage devices we can stream from our own home/place. :D
     
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    And you gotta keep your drive away from radiation and anything carcinogenic. I'd hate to have your information mutate corrupt on you.
     
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    The renovations are quite extensive.
     
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    This is a completely useless feat
    Although DNA sequencing is becoming cheaper and faster every year this will never have any sort of utility
     
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    Yeah, you don't want it to grow into some kind of new creation. :tpi:

    Why?
     
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    i wonder what would happen when you clone your hard drive? and can you find out if it's a boy or girl before you buy it?
     
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    I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where we have too much storage. So much room for information but not enough relevant information to store.

    Also I can't wait for 5TB microsd's
     
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    LOL, that's funny but I didn't mean it like that.
    Even though DNA can't grow by itself (it tells the cell how to grow) mutations are when the DNA changes on it's own completely randomly or because of cancer-causing substances or radiation or whatever. That's something you don't want to happen to your hard drive but I'm sure you can have the drive have a lot of redundancy and hash checks to make sure you catch it if it happens. When it's that small it's not like you're gonna miss the extra space.

    Even with modern hard drives, you have to be careful not to get a magnet too close. Same concept.
     
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    If it becomes cheaprt and faster every year, then that seems to suggest that it's only becoming more and more practical.
     
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