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Scientists store image & Gif in live bacteria genes

Jul 18, 2017, 7:08 AM EDT
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)

Delving deeper into the layers of DNA storage, researchers at Harvard University successfully encoded a GIF and an image into the genomes of a living bacteria, a development that paves way for the future where information could eventually be hosted in human cells.

DNA has always fascinated the science community as a medium of data storage, given their compact nature and high endurance, writes MIT Technology Review.` The scientists used CRISPR technology to cut and paste digital information directly into the DNA of living organism.

Theoretically, one gram of single-stranded DNA can pack about 455 exabytes, which equals nearly 100 billion DVDs, notes New Scientist.

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