Scientists Store 700 Terabytes of Data in Gram of DNA

No word on when you'll be able to play Angry Birds on your kidneys.


Hahvahd scientists have successfully stored 70 billion copies of their own book on genetics and biology in just a gram of DNA. That's 700 terabytes, in a gram.

DNA is a fantastic medium from a storage perspective. Its storage density is one million gigabits per cubic millimeter. A gigabit is a billion bits, and one gigabit equals 125 megabytes. So a million gigabits, if I'm not such a math idiot as some have said, is 125,000 gigabytes … in one cubic millimeter.

That's a little more storage than fits in your new MacBook Air.