Data Storage

DNA Is The Long-Term Digital Storage Solution Of The Future

DNA has been a powerful and effective storage medium for life on Earth for millions of years. But what if researchers could harness this storage power for all of humanity's information? Molecular Biologist Nick Goldman and his team at the European Bioinformatics Institute have created a way to do just that. According to Goldman, all the information in the world could be encoded and stored in DNA, and it would fit in the back of a SUV and last millions of years. The results from experimenting with DNA as data storage suggest that data in DNA form could last 2,000 years if kept at a temperature of around 10°C. The DNA storage could be preserved for over 2 million years if stored at a -18 °C.

Written by Curiosity Staff June 3, 2016

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