Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Biotech Hard Drives?

Interesting concept, but the comments seem to assess this as nothing more than an academic exercise - with little practical application.

Bioencryption can store almost a million gigabytes of data inside bacteria

A new method of data storage that converts information into DNA sequences allows you to store the contents of an entire computer hard-drive on a gram's worth of E. coli bacteria...and perhaps considerably more than that.

What's the potential?

The possibilities of this biotechnology are truly amazing. 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.

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