Microsoft Reveals Plans to Store Data in DNA

Microsoft is planning to start storing its data on strands of DNA within the next few years, the company’s computer architects have revealed.
Microsoft expects to have an Operational Storage System using DNA within a data center by the end of the decade, according to a report in MIT Technology Review.
Currently, one of the best and cheapest ways to store a lot of information in a small space is magnetic tape; but since the data generation has reached an exploding stage, this tape is not that useful. Therefore, Microsoft Computer Architects are considering a biological material such as DNA instead, reported ScienceAlert.
With the evolving technologies, scientists have been able to record 215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes) of information on a single gram of DNA; but scientists face a challenge in recording data in the form of a nucleic acid sequence. The tech giant demonstrated its DNA data storage technology last year by encoding roughly 200 megabytes of data in the form of 100 literary classics in DNA’s four bases in a single process.
According to the ScienceAlert report, new technologies have been seeing the cost of gene sequencing drop in recent years, which hints that Microsoft’s end of the decade target may be realistic.

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