Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

Record Breaking DNA Data Storage This Month

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Ok, wow.  Apparently we’ve got people who’ve figured out how to use DNA as basic data storage.  It sounds like they’re setting up a binary system, something like ones and zeroes dependent on when you have adenine and thymine pairs or when you have cytosine and guanine pairs.  And with just that, geneticists George Church and Sriram Kosuri at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Boston, and Yuan Gao, a biomedical engineer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore have apparently managed to record a whole book, complete with eleven illustrations onto a strand of synthesized DNA.

Nature Magazine has the story here.
Or you can go straight to the scientific publication if you have access here.

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August 25th, 2012 at 9:08 am

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