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Scientists Just Took a Step Toward Using Living Cells as Hard Drives

A 72-bit message was encoded directly into bacterial DNA

A scientist’s hand picks up bacterial colonies with a tube from a petri dish.
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Humans are generating digital data at a rate that could eventually outpace our available storage. Sprawling data centers lined with rows and rows of computer servers currently allow us to store, back up, and recover our data, but they’re costly to…

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Emily Mullin

Emily Mullin

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.