A team of researchers have successfully demonstrated that data storage in DNA can withstand archival decay of up to 2000 years, proving that we can look to DNA-based storage solutions to store digital data and information rather than conventional hard drives that fail after a few decades.
Scientists and researchers exploring the potential in using DNA as an archival, storage cabinet are expected to reveal significant results when presenting their work at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), today.
Here’s how their experiment panned out:Robert Grass and his team of researchers encoded DNA with 83 kilobytes (Kb) of text [...]
If the human genome is the book of life, then CRISPR technology is its Microsoft Word, notes the Financial Times. The cut-and-paste genome editing technique, invented only three years ago, can remove stretches of DNA and, if required, insert new ones.
In the summer of 2013, I backed a Kickstarter project to create plants that glow in the dark, using genomic design software and synthetic biology. The project was successfully funded, and the developers founded the company Glowing Plant, which is working to deliver. The company was backed by synthetic biology startup Cambrian Genomics, which wants to “democratize creation” and let biohackers everywhere design and print the DNA of new life forms, SFGate reports.
Dr. Ido Bachelet of Bar-Ilan University announced that the first clinical trials may soon begin on the nanorobots he has developed to fight cancer. The nanorobots, which can be injected into patients, can identify and kill cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.