Turning classic movies into DNA

Are you running out of room to store your important information? Have you considered using DNA? Technicolor's laboratories have begun encoding movies into artificial, "non-biological" DNA. The company has already been able to store a million copies of a single film in a vial that is barely bigger than a bullet.

According to Phys.org: "DNA is almost unimaginably small—up to 90,000 molecules can fit into the width of one human hair—so even such a large library is totally invisible to the human eye. All you can see is the water in the tube.

Scientists have been experimenting with DNA as a potential storage medium for years but recent advances in modern lab equipment have made projects like Technicolor's a reality.

The company's work builds on research by scientists at Harvard University, who in 2012 successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data—around 700 terabytes—in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a factor of one thousand."



To learn more, read "Technicolor stores Hollywood history in a bottle" from Phys.org.