It’s easy to blow someone’s mind when talking about the latest advances in DNA computing. Scientists have been using DNA to store data for several years. After all, DNA is nature’s best storage solution, and it efficiently stores data about the entire human race in an incredibly small space.
DNA storage expands every day, and a team of Harvard scientists recently pushed the limit even further. They were able to fit 700TB of data onto a single gram of DNA. Check out the 6 minute video from Harvard.edu here
Today, storage solutions are basically limited to SSDs and HDDs. These two storage solutions have done the job for many years now, but they do have their limits. SSDs are very fast, but they’re expensive and small. HDDs, on the other hand, are large and bulky, but they’re slow and prone to mechanical failure.
The development at Harvard is amazing for a number of reasons. 700TB of data is an astonishingly large amount. Today, 3.5-inch hard drives are limited to a ‘measly’ 3TB in size, and most people have hard drives of 1TB or fewer. And, unless you’re constantly downloading HD videos from the internet or installing every PC game every built, it’s tough to fill up that much space under normal computer usage.
DNA storage isn’t perfect. The main limitation with DNA storage is that it can be tough to access that data after it is stored. Recent developments in microfluidics have helped to change that, although we’re still a long ways away from having a DNA storage device on the desks of computer users around the world.
Right now, nobody is even talking about using DNA storage as a consumer storage solution. Instead, DNA storage could be used to store massive amounts of data – like the contents of a library or government databases. Since DNA storage is incredibly stable, it’s an ideal way to store sensitive data of this nature. And if any terrorist got his or her hands on a gram of storage DNA, they probably wouldn’t know what to do with it. In other words, the secrets would be kept safe thanks to the magic of DNA.
DNA computing for consumers
In the future, we could have DNA hard drives. Instead of using large, clumsy data storage disks, we could use a few grams of DNA. Data storage devices would be much smaller than ever before. They would also be faster and more stable, making them a perfect way to store every family picture or video you’ve ever taken.
Who knows? Maybe we could even store data within ourselves. We could be implanted with special DNA that stores information about ourselves, and then we could access that DNA any time we wanted. It might seem like something out of Star Wars, but who knows how far science will go?
DNA storage could be a long ways around from the consumer market, but advances like this illustrate just how powerful DNA could be as a micro-storage solution. Stay tuned to the Speed Up My PC Free blog for more information about the latest, fastest computer data storage solutions!