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Hard Drives of the Future Could be Made of DNA

Hard Drives of the Future Could be Made of DNA | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center recently wrote a full computer operating system, an 1895 French film, an Amazon gift card and other files into DNA strands and retrieved them without errors, according to a study published in the latest edition of Science."

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Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have mimicked these viral tactics to build the first DNA nanodevices that survive the body's immune defenses."

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DNA 'Perfect for Digital Storage'

DNA 'Perfect for Digital Storage' | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
UK scientists demonstrate how DNA could be used to archive digital data, encoding Shakespeare's sonnets and other information in the "life molecule".
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DNA Could Be The Perfect Place to Store Our Data

DNA Could Be The Perfect Place to Store Our Data | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"It looks like a test tube with dried salt at the bottom, but Microsoft says it could be the future of data storage. The company reported today that it had written roughly 200 megabytes of data, including War and Peace and 99 other literary classics, into DNA. Researchers have demonstrated that digital data can be stored in DNA before, but Microsoft says none have written so much of it into DNA at once. DNA is a good storage medium because data can be written into molecules more densely than the basic elements of conventional storage technologies can pack it in companies rely on today."

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Programmable Gue Made of DNA Directs Tiny Gel Bricks to Self-assemble

Programmable Gue Made of DNA Directs Tiny Gel Bricks to Self-assemble | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have found a way to self-assemble complex structures out of bricks smaller than a grain of salt. The self-assembly method could help solve one of the major challenges in tissue engineering: regrowing human tissue by injecting tiny components into the body that then self-assemble into larger, intricately structured, biocompatible scaffolds at an injury site. The key to self-assembly was developing the world’s first “programmable glue.” The glue is made of DNA, and it directs specific bricks of a water-filled gel to stick only to each other."

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