How data can be stored in bacteria ?

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    Normally whenever you think of data storage, the choices that would come to your mind are Hard Disks, flash drives, CD/DVD etc . However the researchers in Japan don’t think that way . The see something that is very much smaller and much more durable – Bacteria , yeah I am talking about those microscopic organisms which you studied about in your Biology class.


    The concept behind

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    Japanese researchers are developing methods to store the data in Bacteria . According to Keio University professor Masaru Tomita who heads the team of researchers , the four characters - T , C , A , G that represents the genetic coding in DNA works much like digital data . Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols — so codes in genomes can be translated, or read, to produce music, text, video and other content.

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    What can be the advantage

    And the good think is that information will be available as long the species stays alive – possible a million years . The team has successfully inserted into a common bacterium Albert Einstein’s Famous ‘E equals MC square’ equation . But mutation could distort stored data, Tomita says data are stored in four places in the bacteria so the data stay intact .

    So imagine if this thing becomes possible , data storage will become so cheap as bacteria are all around us , you just need to catch one . And if you are lucky you might catch a bacteria which was lost by someone else and could contain movies etc.

    source::http://itstechsense.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-data-can-be-stored-in-bacteria.html
     
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    I'm totally clueless.....
     
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    freshseasons King of my own Castle

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    And im Speechless...whatever happened to the 40TB norm on Compact Disk.
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    DNA proteins (A, G, C and T) are used in steganography these days, this is merely an application of that.
     
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