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January 24, 2013, 08:27:14 AM
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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b69975f6-64af-11e2-934b-00144feab49a.html#ixzz2IsajjG1n

Genetics may offer the best option for archiving vast amounts of man-made data, according to scientists who have demonstrated a working DNA storage and retrieval system.

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The DNA code was emailed to Agilent, a biotechnology company in California, which turned it into physical DNA molecules and posted the resulting freeze-dried powder back to Cambridge. “The result looks like a tiny piece of dust,” said Emily Leproust of Agilent.

Using a DNA reading machine, EBI was able to reconstruct the original digital data with 100 per cent accuracy.

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January 24, 2013, 08:28:28 AM
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How can bitcoin take advantage of this technology? 

Store blockchain snapshots as DNA? Kind of a gimmick though. 

A persons DNA as public key/address would be great, but I don't think bitcoin works that way. 

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January 24, 2013, 09:17:22 AM
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maybe it's a complex work as long as we can do so far!


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January 24, 2013, 09:48:31 AM
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"Printing" DNA is simply awesome and revolutionary. Data storage is just a minor detail such technology may revolutionize.

A persons DNA as public key/address would be great, but I don't think bitcoin works that way. 

Anything can be converted to a private key. I just don't think you'd really like to use your DNA for that though... Smiley

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January 27, 2013, 04:10:14 AM
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I thought it was interesting they used ternary (instead of binary) for the DNA encoding.
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