How DNA could store all the world’s data
(worth reading, this is an amazing article!)
Modern archiving technology cannot keep up with the growing tsunami of bits. But nature may hold an answer to that problem already.DNA storage would be pathetically slow compared with the microsecond timescales for reading or writing bits in a silicon memory chip. It would take hours to encode data by synthesizing DNA strings with a specific pattern of bases, and still more hours to recover that information using a sequencing machine. But with DNA, a whole human genome fits into a cell that is invisible to the naked eye. For sheer density of information storage, DNA could be orders of magnitude beyond silicon — perfect for long-term archiving
Before DNA can become a viable competitor to conventional storage technologies, researchers will have to surmount a host of challenges, from reliably encoding information in DNA and retrieving only the information a user needs, to making nucleotide strings cheaply and quickly enough.
read this article here:http://www.nature.com/news/how-dna-could-store-all-the-world-s-data-1.20496