Scientists store film clip on DNA…
Once upon a time you needed a whole truck to carry a machine that stored moving pictures or as you call them, movies.
And then came the reel, the tape, the dvd, the hard drive.
And now… DNA.
British photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s 1878 galloping mare become the first moving picture tos be encoded in the DNA of a living cell.
It can be retrieved and multiplied at will.
To illustrate the capacity for multiplication George Church, a geneticist at Harvard encoded his book, Regenesis, into bacterial DNA and made 90 billion copies of it.
The implications are huge.
Seth Shipman, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School who authored the study with Church:
As promising as this was, we did not know what would happen when we tried to track about 100 sequences at once, or if it would work at all. This was critical since we are aiming to use this system to record complex biological events as our ultimate goal.
What we’re trying to develop is a molecular recorder that can sit inside living cells and collect data over time.
So put simply, if they could put it in your brain they could collect the data after finding out what hey needed to.
How they did it is they did it.
Synthetic DNA strands were encoded with the letters G, T, C and A with positions, shades and pixels of the Muybridge images. These were fed to the E.coli bacteria with the bugs treating strips of DNA like an invading virus.
Left for a week, they grew and divided into new bacteria cells. Collected after the synthetic strands carried information needed to reconstruct the image.
Given to our boys at the corner of that road and this road, piracy on steroids.
But then again, as the authors said, that isn’t the point.
With information from The Harvard Gazette