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Gettysburg Address stored in DNA using a binary code made of holes

Gettysburg Address stored in DNA using a binary code made of holes

Making holes in DNA could help store dataktsimage/Getty By Chris BaraniukSome of the earliest computers used a punched card memory system – literally storing information on cards with holes punched out. Now researchers have found a way to apply the same concept to DNA. DNA sequences have often been suggested as a form of data…


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Making holes in DNA could help store data

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Some of the earliest computers used a punched card memory system – literally storing information on cards with holes punched out. Now researchers have found a way to apply the same concept to DNA.

DNA sequences have often been suggested as a form of data storage but many methods for doing this are painstaking or expensive – such as synthesising new DNA in the lab.

Instead, Olgica Milenkovic at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her colleagues have made tiny cuts in existing strands ofE. coliDNA, …

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