Health / Pharma

Inside the DNA of Big Data: The future of medicine & storage

25th Nov `13, 10:27 PM in Health / Pharma

As Big Data gets even bigger, we’re going to need more elaborate ways of storing it than current…

BDMS
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As Big Data gets even bigger, we’re going to need more elaborate ways of storing it than current technology allows. One idea that’s been floated about before is using DNA as a means of storing data, but it’s no longer just a theory – scientists at Harvard University say that doing so is a foregone conclusion, and it’ll soon be possible to store the entire content of the entire World Wide Web within just 75 grams of DNA material.

Led by George Church and Sri Kosuri at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, a team of researchers have recently figured out a way of storing a whopping 5.5 petabytes (equal to 700 terabytes) within a single gram of DNA. The method they use is kind of technical, but the scientific journal IndustryTap does a good job of explaining how it’s done:

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