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... 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.