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Researchers store operating system and movie on DNA

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Missed this earlier: From Phys.org:

Humanity may soon generate more data than hard drives or magnetic tape can handle, a problem that has scientists turning to nature’s age-old solution for information-storage—DNA.

In a new study in Science, a pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) show that an algorithm designed for streaming video on a cellphone can unlock DNA’s nearly full storage potential by squeezing more information into its four base nucleotides. They demonstrate that this technology is also extremely reliable.

DNA is an ideal storage medium because it’s ultra-compact and can last hundreds of thousands of years if kept in a cool, dry place, as demonstrated by the recent recovery of DNA from the bones of a 430,000-year-old human ancestor found in a cave in Spain.

“DNA won’t degrade over time like cassette tapes and CDs, and it won’t become obsolete—if it does, we have bigger problems,” said study coauthor Yaniv Erlich, a computer science professor at Columbia Engineering, a member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, and a core member of the NYGC.
Erlich and his colleague Dina Zielinski, an associate scientist at NYGC, chose six files to encode, or write, into DNA: a full computer operating system, an 1895 French film, “Arrival of a train at La Ciotat,” a $50 Amazon gift card, a computer virus, a Pioneer plaque and a 1948 study by information theorist Claude Shannon. More.

DNA all just happened, of course…

See also: Second, separate language found in DNA code

and

Moshe Averick: Robert Saunders misses Steve Meyer’s point about the language of DNA

Here’s the film:

5 Replies to “Researchers store operating system and movie on DNA

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    WitnessFTP says:

    No, you didn’t miss it News, you posted about this same topic back in March. My comment is here. The gist of it is “I immediately saw this as, not only evidence for, but as close to absolute proof as one can get, that the cell/DNA is intelligently designed.”

    I was, quiet frankly, surprised that no one else besides ayearningforpublis commented.

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    LocalMinimum says:

    I hear that once you store a movie on DNA, it only gets better…

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    SteRusJon says:

    Repeated copying of the DNA-movie will result in duplicated scenes generating alternative endings.

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    AKA — ayearningforpublius. Had problems with AYP, so I’m back again as DD682.

    Thanks Witness for your acknowledgement and for your comments. Gave me the opportunity to review and reflect on what the two of us said.

    Yes, such an achievement is evidence of design in DNA, the cell and the entirety of the human body — as close to proof as you can get, hindered only by the pride of those who willfully refuse to see.

    In thinking once more about this, I wondered — now that we have life’s storage media, what about life’s computer? Do we have life’s analogy to the CPU and other compnents making up this Apple computer I am writing this on? And it occurs to me that indeed the entire body acts as the analogy. The cells and the smarts therein are programmed to make one cell a muscle, another a brain, another skin and another able to reproduce the entire mechanism and pass it on to many future generations. And the higher level components such as hands, eyes, legs, heart … show designed and purposeful machines all the way up.

    At this point I am compelled to repeat what that “ignorant goat herder” said many thousands of years ago: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

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    WitnessFTP says:

    DD682 @ 4

    DD682,

    At this point I am compelled to repeat what the “ignorant goat herder” said many thousands of years ago: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

    He said something even more profound just two verses later:
    “Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; All its parts were written in your book, Regarding the days when they were formed, Before any of them existed.”

    Sounds like a poetic description of DNA – recorded information of each body part at the time the “embryo” was formed but before the part came into existence.

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