And we aren't just talking one use here, we're talking REWRITABLE digital storage in our DNA!
It's true, scientists have developed a biological system that can record digital data… biological binary, in other words!
Stanford researchers figured out how to us natural enzymes to create rewritable data storage built directly into living cells' DNA. Holy shizz!
Mainly they use the enzymes to flip DNA sequences back and forth, like a light switch, which can be seen as a binary-like system. If it's one direction, it's a 0, the other, it's a 1. You get it.
This can store up to one bit of data without using ANY power! Plus we can see how many time a cell has doubled.
This could lead to us being able to turn off affected cells, like in the case of cancer. We just need to bump up the storage to a byte — and that could take at least 10 years.
Ten years to a byte is CRAZY!
Though, this is super interesting. What we're taking from it is that the cells in our body can be turned into an iPod. Right? Riiiiiight?
But really, this is a pretty huge discovery and could mean a lot of things for the medical industry.
It just sucks that it's going to take so much time.
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