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From the Community: DNA hard drives? | Jake Beal’s Next Step

by Steven Burgess

In 2013, 5 exabytes of content were created each day, that is 5 x 10^18, or five quintillion bytes or 1000000000000000000B! – every day! and the amount is only increasing.

How we store this information is becoming a big challenge.

Storage of information in DNA is proposed as one solution. The idea has been around for a long time (first recorded in the USSR in the 1960s), but has only really begun to take off with the fall in price of DNA synthesis. One of the first major examples of synthetic DNA data storage was performed by George Church’s lab in 2012. On Jake Beal’s blog he reports from a two-day workshop investigating the latest prospects and challenges for an exciting field.

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Note: this introduction was not posted by Jacob Beal, we apologize for the confusion and hope to sort out the technical issue asap

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