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Store personal data with live bacteria.
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 26 February 2007 11:54
Japanese scientists say it might be possible to use DNA to store text, images, music and other digital data for thousands of years inside living organisms.

Read the full story at Science Daily:

Masaru Tomita and colleagues at Tokyo's Keio University say data encoded in an organism's DNA, and inherited by each new generation, could be safely archived for hundreds of thousands of years, becoming the perfect storage medium. In contrast, CD-ROMs, flash memory and hard disk drives can easily fall victim to accidents or natural disasters.

The researchers describe a method for copying and pasting data, encoded as artificial DNA, into the genome of Bacillus subtilis, a common soil bacterium, "thus acquiring versatile data storage and the robustness of data inheritance."

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