Researchers at Microsoft and University of Washington have taken a step ahead with regards to DNA data storage. They have now made the information accessible as well as searchable. Do you know that by implementing this technology, Walmart-sized supercenters that have some of the high capacity data storage devices can be shrunk to the size of a sugar cube?
One of the researchers working on the DNA data storage technology, Luis Ceze has explained what the technology is all about in a press release. Here’s an excerpt:
“Life has produced this fantastic molecule called DNA that efficiently stores all kinds of information about your genes and how a living system works — it’s very, very compact and very durable. We’re essentially repurposing it to store digital data — pictures, videos, documents — in a manageable way for hundreds or thousands of years.”
So how does this DNA Data Storage actually work? Ceze, while explaining the technology in simple words said,
“Suppose you have a large amount of information encoded in DNA in a big pool — think petabytes. That information is stored in a large collection of small DNA molecules. How would you read just a small specific part of the data, say a video in a large video collection? Without random access you need to access the whole thing until you find what you want. With random access, you can access the desired data directly.”
What can technology not do? We have already seen to what extent can technology change lives and now with an innovation like DNA Data Storage, human lives may truly change forever. When they say that even huge data storage centers that are used by supercenters like Walmart can be shrunk to the size of sugar cubes, it is a huge claim. As the population is increasing, we are running out of space. If DNA Data Storage can provide an alternative way of preserving data longer and better than a non-organic, cabinet-size supercomputers, it can truly change the way we save and retrieve information in the future.
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