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DNA ‘Lite-Brite’ is a promising way to archive data for decades or longer – The Conversation US

DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses…

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We and our colleagues have developed a way to store data using pegs and pegboards made out of DNA and retrieving the data with a microscope a molecular version of the Lite-Brite toy. Our prototype stores information in patterns using DNA strands spaced about 10 nanometers apart. Ten nanometers is more than a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and about 100 times smaller than the diameter of a bacterium….

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