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Could all your digital photos be stored as DNA?

According to Mark Bathe, an MIT professor of biological engineering, a coffee mug full of DNA could theoretically store all of the world’s data. Image: Unsplash/Markus Spiske

Anne Trafton

Guest contributor, MIT News

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A photo of the DNA “files.” Each silica sphere contains DNA sequences that encode a particular image, and the outside of the sphere is coated with nucleotide barcodes that describe the image contents.
A photo of the DNA 'files.' Each silica sphere contains DNA sequences that encode a particular image. Image: Courtesy of the researchers
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