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Biological Data Storage

People in the synthetic biology world have been talking about this idea for several years — encoding data for storage in living cells. Biological computing. Science Blog reports on a recent success by Drew Endy’s group at Stanford in creating a bit of rewritable memory in a living cell.

His goal is to go from the single bit he has now to eight bits – or a “byte” – of programmable genetic data storage.

“One of the coolest places for computing,” Endy said, “is within biological systems….  A byte of programmable data storage within the DNA of living cells would seem an incredibly powerful tool for studying cancer, aging, organismal development, and even the natural environment,” said Endy.

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