Posts Tagged ‘DNA Data Storage’

Virus Injected Into DNA and Used to Hack a Computer

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Researchers have successfully proven that viruses can be weaponized to infect computers and take them over. And if that’s not the premise of a dystopian sci-fi novel, I don’t know what is.

The University of Washington recently baked malware into a genetic molecule and then infected a system analyzing it. If it sounds like DNA data storage, you’re right; the premise is a natural expansion.

If you can put good code on DNA, then naturally you can put bad code on it – and any system that reads it is going to be at risk of infection. Which begs the question – since scientists have just learned to store data on atoms, will there one day be atomic-level malware?

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DNA Data Storage and Computing: The Future of Data?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Imagine a world where instead of using a hard drive, you store your data in your own genes: up to 1,000,000,000 TB in a speck on your hand.

Science fiction? Not quite. Big name companies like Microsoft believe DNA data storage is the future, and are investing heavily into it.

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