Teaspoon-sized DNA storage can fit all the world's data

by Kiran Bhageshpur – June 22, 2015


The human species may face extinction someday but all of our data could live on in DNA storage. Scientists say all the world's data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon.

Quartz recently reported that while servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have found a way to encode data onto DNA that could survive for millennia.

To store all the world's1.8 zetabytes of data we're talking about 4 grams of DNA. This is really cool, but it remains cost-prohibitive for now.

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