DNA Data Storage

Quick math, 10^19 bits is 1.25 exabytes (8 bits in a byte), 1 exabyte is a million terabytes, which means 1 cubic cm of DNA can hold as much data as 1M of my MacBook pros!?! Silicon to biology is the jump required to keep up Moore’s Law.

The simple bacterium Escherichia coli, for instance, has a storage density of about 1019 bits per cubic centimeter, according to calculations published in 2016 in Nature Materials by George Church of Harvard University and his colleagues. At that density, all the world’s current storage needs for a year could be well met by a cube of DNA measuring about one meter on a side.

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