Microsoft Buys Into DNA Data Storage – IEEE Spectrum

DNA can be used to store data!

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
    Microsoft buys 10M strands of synthetic DNA from Twist Bioscience to experiment with long-term data storage

    Microsoft is buying 10 million molecules of custom DNA from a San Francisco startup

    Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of long oligonucleotides — laboratory-made molecules of DNA — from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience, the companies announced today.

    It seems that Microsoft is exploring the idea of using DNA molecules as a way to store massive amounts of data. Unlike hard drives, Blu-Ray discs, or pretty much any current storage technology, DNA stays intact and readable for as long as 1,000 to 10,000 years.

    Better yet, Microsoft Research estimates that one cubic millimeter of DNA can store one exabyte, or one billion gigabytes of data. That’s important as the rise of the smartphone era means we’re generating more photos, video, text, and audio than ever before


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