13 Jul '17, 7pm

Scientists add a GIF and a pic to E. coli DNA - Mother Nature Network

Scientists add a GIF and a pic to E. coli DNA - Mother Nature Network

As if you aren't seeing GIFs everywhere already, now scientists are adding them to the DNA of bacteria, too. Adding data to DNA isn't anything new. Last year, Microsoft embedded an OK Go music video, Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to a bit of synthetic DNA that was "much smaller than the tip of a pencil." It was an impressive way to store and retrieve 200 megabytes of data. Now, a team of researchers out of Harvard have used the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas to insert five frames of a horse galloping and a picture of a human hand into the DNA of living E. coli . The study, published in Nature , further pushes the boundaries of using DNA to store information. This wasn't 200 megabytes worth of data, of course. The GIF, for instance, was only 36 by 26 pixels large and had a file size of 2.6 kilobytes. The picture of the hand was a ...

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