Harvard geneticists crack DNA storage

Harvard geneticists crack DNA storage and gain huge leap forward in long-term data storage. Sounds like science fiction, but it’s science reality. Today it was announced that Harvard scientists have successfully persisted 700 TERABYTES of data in a single gram of DNA. To put this into perspective, “You could store the total world’s information (at least in 2011) in about 4 grams of DNA” (see video link). This DNA storage is not only much more dense than anything we have today, but it lasts much longer at room temperature, making it a great solution for reliably archiving important info.

Yesterday, MIT announced we can learn a lot on how to construct better panel boards, styrofoams and photovoltaics by copying the precise engineering found in apples, potatoes, willow and spruce trees. And today, Harvard follows suit with this announcement that mankind has a new, better, long-term way to store data by writing directly into DNA strands.

I find it very difficult to believe that complex, intricate technology happens by chance. Rather, the purpose, symmetry, and design found in creation is evidence for an intelligent designer, specifically the God of the Bible.

Check out the Harvard article and video here:
http://hms.harvard.edu/content/writing-book-dna

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Author: Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson is the President of Geeky Christian, a ministry which seeks to use technology to evangelize the lost and provide free material for Christian growth. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from San Diego Christian College and is married with two children. He is also the author of several free books and others on Amazon.

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  1. Some of your posts are great, but you always try to include your “god” to discoveries made through Science. You always fall back to the bible. Summing up your web blogs in two words: Confirmation bias.

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