Scientists have learned how to store images in DNA and then perfectly retrieve them
As our data creation and acquisition requirements soar, so must the technology to store it all, and a team of computer scientists and electrical engineers from the University of Washington have seem to have made a bit of a breakthrough.
In a paper presented in April at the ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages an Operating Systems (ASPLOS), the team detailed one of the first complete systems to encode, store and retrieve digital data using DNA molecules, capable of storing information millions of times more compactly than existing storage technologies.
In the paper, one outlined experiment details successfully encoding digital data from four image files into the nucleotide sequences of synthetic DNA snippets.
Even more significantly, they were also able to reverse the process and retrieve the correct sequences from a larger pool of DNA, rec …
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