A three-strong team led by Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School has now demonstrated that the technology to store data in DNA, while still slow, is becoming more practical. They report in the journal Science that the 5.27 megabit collection of data they stored is more than 600 times bigger than the largest dataset previously encoded this way.
Writing the data to DNA took several days. “This is currently something for archival storage,” explained co-author Dr Sriram Kosuri of Harvard’s Wyss Institute, “but the timing is continually improving.”
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