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Breakthroughs in Data Storage Shatter New Barriers: The Walls of Genetic Coding

Recent breakthroughs in data storage are simply mind boggling. Advancements in storage devices that can hold terabytes of data in small hard drives are no match for the amount of storage available through this new procedure using DNA. The genetic makeup of all beings is now being used to encode everything from books, to music, to JavaScript. With advancements in the ability to write and create DNA, now using a complex method of binary code and genetic sequencing, something like a book can be converted into a DNA sequence. With the ever growing need for more data storage, DNA encoding of files and books may soon be a viable option. With a push for smaller devices with greater capacity, DNA outshines all competitors in the data storage field. The amount of DNA equivalent to half the weight of an ant could store over 1,000 terabytes (or 1,000,000 gigabytes) of data.

Could this be a viable solution for digital library databases or to store files for commercial business? That is still to be determined as the process of encoding and decoding the DNA is time consuming (yet becoming less expensive).  This experimentation phase could soon be the future of data storage.

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Richard Russell

Richard is a Consultant at Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting and economics consulting firm that performs economic damages analysis involving commercial litigation, financial investigations, business valuations, and forensic accounting.

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