Thursday, August 16, 2012
Storing Data on DNA
Today I read two posts on how huge volumes of data can be stored outside of conventional devices likes computer chips, drives and discs. One option that a Wall Street Journal article discusses is DNA. A research report in the journal Science reports that the a group of Harvard researchers translated the English text of an up-coming book on genomic engineering into actual DNA. The article can be read here. Another article in Forbes examines the issue of data storage and suggest storing data in bacteria and diamonds. These ideas are in preliminary stages and commercial applications are likely to be a long way off, but one thing is certain - the explosive growth of digital data is driving the development of alternatives storage solutions.