Scientists turning to microbiology to make better computers

Scientists turning to microbiology to make better computers

Computer scientists are turning to microbiology to design better computers capable of storing humanity’s ever-growing collection of digital data.

DNA is unbelievably dense as the entire genome of an organism can fit into a cell so small that it is even invisible to the naked eye but all of biology’s information is stored here.

As the world’s massive archive of digital information is filling up, scientists say DNA can help store up to 455 exabytes per gram. In simple words, one could have as many as 44 billion copies of The Lord of the Rings movies’ all three versions on the tip of your single finger.

A team of researchers at the NY Genome Center and Columbia University have successfully increased the density of information stored in DNA molecules -- 214 petabytes per gram of the molecules. It is more than 8 times as dense as former work.

Geneticist George Church, from Harvard University and the MIT, said, “This is a huge leap forward …They’ve proven a hypothetical.”

Mr. Church first used DNA molecules as storage for storing digital information in 2012. In 2013, a team of researchers at the Hinxton, Britain-based European Bioinformatics Institute reported that it had made the biggest DNA archive to date.

The researchers reported their findings in the Thursday (March 2nd) edition of the journal Science.


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