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Artificial amber stores data in DNA long-term

• arclein

Natural amber can preserve DNA from insects, plants and animals for long periods, and now scientists have created an artificial version that could do the same DNA is a much denser data storage medium than anything humans can design, but the problem is that it's fragile. So now scientists have taken another page out of nature's book and created artificial amber to protect data stored in DNA longer term. As with so many things, our data storage methods pale in comparison to the one nature concocted. A single gram of DNA can hold up to 215 petabytes (215 million GB) of data, which means you could essentially store the entire internet in a shoebox. It's no surprise then that scientists have been experimenting with how to write data to DNA, read it back, and importantly, keep it safe while it's on there.