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Bacteria Bioencryption May Make Your Hard Drive Extinct

Bacteria Bioencryption May Make Your Hard Drive Extinct

DNA encryption advances signal staggering implications for data storage of the near future.

Stephen Fortune

Biotechnology and networked reality became even closer bed fellows as a Chinese research team announced they have unlocked a mechanism whereby they can create a living data storage system.

The research team have made advances in the DNA shuffling encryption and decryption elements of existing bioencryption systems. Using their method, they managed to store the United States Declaration of Independence in 18 bacteria cells. When scaled up the teams methods mean that:

A single gram of E. coli cells could hold up to 900,000 gigabytes (or 900 terabytes) of data, meaning these bacteria have almost 500 times the storage capacity of a top of the line commercial hard drive

While at an experimental stage, and sufficiently laboured to have little consumer data storage application at present, it does offer a staggering insight into how much the microscopic world may one day be intergrated into our daily digital lives.

CUHK IGEM 2010–Bioencryption

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