Chinese Store Data In “Bacteria”

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  1. AvinashR

    AvinashR Registered Member

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    A team of students and researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, were responsible for an unusual research. They were able to convert information we store on our hard drives to the DNA code...

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    That's like syfy!
     
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    A really interesting idea of no practical use.
    The write-read speed of such a system is extremely slow. There is no way these Chinese students actually constructed a 90Gb sequence of DNA. That would take years. A single bacteria can only hold a few Mb so you have to split the data between millions of bacteria. Then how do you keep all of these millions alive? Over time, a percentage will die and therefore a percentage of the data is lost.
    Could be useful for spy stuff though. You could encode some secrete data into bacteria and swallow them. They could search you all day long and not find a thing. Then days, weeks, months, or even years later the data could be extracted...
     
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