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Researchers have demonstrated that digital data can be stored in DNA before, but Microsoft says none have written so much of it into DNA at once. Right now the technique is expensive and finicky, but the company hopes to piggyback on the plunging costs of tools for creating and reading out DNA driven by the biotech industry.
DNA is seen as a potential replacement for magnetic tape, which is the standard mechanism for long-term data stores today. The pink smear in this test tube is DNA that has been synthesized to store digital data for long-term storage.
Microsoft used the same technique to store roughly megabytes of data. Strauss says the project is motivated by the fact that electronic storage devices are not improving as quickly as the amount of data we use grows.
IDC predicts that the worldwide total of stored digital data will hit 16 trillion gigabytes next year, most of it housed in huge data centers.
Strauss estimates that a shoebox worth of DNA could hold the equivalent of roughly giant data centers.
DNA can also be remarkably durable, particularly when kept cool and dry. In contrast, the magnetic tape that is the best long-term data storage option today lasts only a few decades before starting to degrade.
Storing data in DNA requires translating the 1s and 0s of binary digital files into long strings of the four different nucleotides, or bases, that make up DNA strands and write out the genetic code. InHarvard molecular biologist George Church wrote a 50,word book totaling less than a megabyte of data into DNA and printed it onto a glass chip smaller than a pollen grain.
Strauss is confident that the costs of reading and writing DNA will plunge significantly in coming years. She says there is already evidence that they are falling faster than the cost of fabricating transistors did over the past 50 years, a trend that has been the engine of much innovation in computing.
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