View Full Version : Data Storage in DNA Becomes a Reality

02-01-2013, 02:14 PM
DNA is the building block of life, but in the future it may also be the standard repository for encyclopedias, music and other digital data. Scientists announced yesterday that they successfully converted 739 kilobytes of hard drive data in genetic code and then retrieved the content with 100 percent accuracy.

The researchers began with the computer files from some notable cultural highlights: an audio recording of MLK Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and, appropriately, a copy of Watson and Crick’s original research paper describing DNA’s double helix structure. On a hard drive, these files are stored as a series of zeros and ones. The researchers worked out a system to translate the binary code into one with four characters instead: A, C, G and T. They used this genetic code to synthesize actual strands of DNA with the content embedded in its very structure.


Shits crazy yo

02-01-2013, 02:25 PM
using myself as a digital storage device would beat buying more hard drives every year...

02-01-2013, 03:16 PM
just think man, if they can store data in the DNA, and link it directly to the brain somehow . damn . . an entire race of super humans

02-01-2013, 04:08 PM
inject me with porn.

02-01-2013, 06:56 PM
"we need that 200TB of data asap!"

"okay np lemme jus fap it out onto this napkin for ya"

02-02-2013, 12:07 AM
All jokes aside, very clearly, somehow, somewhere, down the road, technology is going to bite us in the ass. It's not if, it's when.

02-02-2013, 05:19 AM
What about std...i mean viruses ?

02-02-2013, 03:50 PM
scan local DNA caches for HIV... new feature of future antivirus programs :lol:

I don't think storing data on strands of DNA is necessarily going to change how living things are built, but it would be interesting to see where this goes. converting zeroes and ones to letters and synthesizing strands of DNA sounds pretty high-tech, but I think we're still many many (if not hundreds) of years away from uploading synthetic DNA to create perfect people or having the ability to inject massive amounts of data that can actually be processed by the brain, per say. it definitely gets you thinking though about the possibilities this could give way to or, like Harry said, the unforeseen consequences it will undoubtedly bring. It's in human nature to create and discover but the dark side of "playing god" usually shows itself sooner or later.