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Published on Apr 27, 2016
What if we wanted to fit the data from 150 smartphones – almost 10,000 gigabytes – in the head of a pin? We can – if our storage material is DNA. A few teams of computer scientists around the world have designed methods for translating digital code into DNA code. They work together with bioengineers who can synthesize DNA, building it from the blocks up. The result? Whatever information you want - text, an image file, or even a video – stored in a strand of DNA.
We want to hear from you: If your hard drive were encoded into DNA, and then that DNA evolved and turned into a living organism, what would it look like? (Don't worry, we are prepared to be terrified by your comments).