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Microsoft Experimenting with DNA for Digital Storage

Magazine article Information Management

Microsoft Experimenting with DNA for Digital Storage

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DIGITAL PRESERVATION

Microsoft said it plans to acquire 10 million strands of DNA from Twist Bioscience to use for digital storage experiments. Twist Bioscience is a San Franciscobased biology startup that makes synthetic, storage-ready DNA, according to Tech Times.

"As our digital data continues to expand exponentially, we need new methods for long-term, secure data storage," said Doug Carmean, a Microsoft partner architect in its Technology and Research organization. "The initial test phase with Twist demonstrated that we could encode and recover 100% of the digital data from synthetic DNA. We're still years away from a commercially viable product, but our early tests with Twist demonstrate that in the future we'll be able to substantially increase the density and durability of data storage. …

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