What? Two distinct research teams have recently run successful experiments which show that DNA molecules can be used to archive digital information. These DNA molecules can potentially store all of the world’s digital information in approximately nine liters of solution. Moreover, specific digital files could be retrieved from a pool of data. This technology could be capable of storing information safely for a least a millennium.
So what? This technology could disrupt the way we store data. It could also be a solution to the large ecological footprint associated with the current energy intensive methods of data storing.
Source: The New York Times – Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries