Volume 93 Issue 35 | pp. 40-41
Issue Date: September 7, 2015

Scientists Look To DNA For Long-Term Data Storage

ACS Meeting News: Encoding DNA with digital information and encasing it in silica nanoparticles could save documents and data for future generations
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: DNA storage, nanoparticles, error-correction code, ACS meeting news

DNA is known for being a storehouse of genetic information. Just one gram of the genetic material can theoretically hold some 300,000 terabytes of information, far exceeding the roughly 5 terabytes found on the best computer hard drives. And as a result of finding intact DNA in fossilized bones, scientists know that DNA can remain stable for hundreds of thousands of years, whereas hard drives might last only 50 years.

Those attributes have made synthetic . . .

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