The cryptography and Data Storage are two of the most important reasons why the computer was born and continues to grow today. But when we believed that the investigations were more or less stagnant, but to prove this wrong. Researchers of University of Hong Kong carried out exactly as I say in the post title, strange as that sounds: able to store 90GB of information in 1 gram of bacteria.
In the words of scientists:
We explore the possibilities of using a biological system as an alternative solution for storage and data encryption.
Researchers have developed a “parallel storage system bacteria” Which, together with data encryption modules (which works, basically, randomized DNA sequences) and literacy (I / O), are planning to establish a kind of Standard in data storage in living cells.
The University issued a document in detail about the Discovering and explain that for example 1 gram of cells is composed of 10 million cells and the Declaration of Independence of the United States can be stored in just 18 bacterial cells. The PDF is great with all details, so if you are interested in the technical aspects have to read it.
As for the potential applications of this “biological hard drive” (Which would also be incredibly safe and sturdy), will be storing text, images, music and video. As well as the inclusion of “bar codes” that can serve as a means of identification between synthetic and natural bodies. The last feature mentioned in the PDF is to be inserted into cells Escherichia_coli a copyright to verify the identity of body designer. The project is called ‘Bioencryption,’ and their presentation (as a PDF file) is here.”