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DailyDirt: Storing Data On DNA

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There are lots of ways to store information nowadays -- from cloud services to nano-lithography to synthesizing custom strands of DNA. Some methods are cheaper or more convenient than others, but if physical space is really a premium, then encoding a gazillion bits of data on a few grams of DNA seems like the way to go. Here are just a few projects working on using DNA as an archiving medium. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 5:50pm

    How about mining gold with bacteria, or making clothes with bacteria?

    One can store data on bacteria DNA and manufacture clothes or bags to transport it.
    https://biocouture.posterous.com/biocouture-on-tedcom

    Now imagine some mad scientist producing a bacteria that can produce gold and store the geolocation of it in its DNA LoL
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupriavidus_metallidurans
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delftia_ acidovorans

    Another mad idea is having the research about human vision integrated into DNA storage, imagine you tap into the optic nerve transforming the eyeballs into spycams and store those movies in your own DNA.

    Now that would incredible :)

    Sorry just having fun and letting the imagination go wild.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 8:04pm

    read & write speeds for DNA are horribly slow!

    DNA is good for archiving, but it won't replace SSD or hard drives (or even tape drives) anytime soon........

     

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    McCrea (profile), Feb 4th, 2013 @ 11:09pm

    When is a virus most like a virus?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 4th, 2013 @ 11:31pm

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    When it has a virus code written in its DNA?

     

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    Rekrul, Feb 5th, 2013 @ 12:37am

    Am I missing something here? DNA is organic matter. Organic matter degrades over time unless it's part of a living organism.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 6:32am

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    Which includes DRM

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 5th, 2013 @ 6:59am

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    Yes it's very friable, but you rely on the fact you can have many, many copies for parity checking.

     

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    Jollygreengiant (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 7:02am

    Covert data transfer

    Did you know that during sex the man transfers approximately 1.6TB of data?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 5th, 2013 @ 9:29am

    Re: Covert data transfer

    That is per unit(spermatozoon) or the whole bunch?

    Not counting of course other fluids.

     

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    McFortner (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 9:53am

    Human DNA

    Scientists decoded human DNA and found a message: "We apologize for the inconvenience."

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 10:54am

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    not sure where "Organic matter degrades over time unless it's part of a living organism" comes from... because it's not entirely true. Some organic matter is quite stable, depending on the conditions, and it doesn't "need" to be part of a living cell. This is why we can recover DNA from (dead) fossils that is tens of thousands of years old... and why DNA is a reasonably good choice for molecular storage.

     

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    DNY (profile), Feb 5th, 2013 @ 11:31am

    DNA and encryption

    This somehow reminds me of a former student's science fiction writings, which included a sentient race who knew they were designed, rather than evolved, because their genome and DNA-to-protein mechanisms were based on error correcting codes.

     

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