Harvard team encodes in DNA

Publication/Creation Date
Media Type
Video Lecture
Persuasive Intent
Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram. A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have 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 thousand times. The work, carried out by George Church and Sri Kosuri, basically treats DNA as just another digital storage device. Instead of binary data being encoded as magnetic regions on a hard drive platter, strands of DNA that store 96 bits are synthesized, with each of the bases (TGAC) representing a binary value (T and G = 1, A and C = 0).
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Entire Body
Science, Genetics

Date archived
April 8 2014
Last edited
March 23 2017
How to cite this entry
(2013). "Harvard team encodes in DNA". Harvard Medical School - Wyss Institute. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/407