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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a groundbreaking approach to DNA data storage systems that eradicates some of the key obstacles facing the technology's development.

Ultimately, the scientists created a system that is easier to scale up for practical use and brings us a tentative step closer to seeing DNA storage systems come into common usage.

One major advantage of DNA storage over quantum computing is that we know without a shadow of a doubt that it works; each of us is a living example of the data storage and computational power of DNA computing.

What's more, over 10 trillion DNA molecules can be squeezed into a single cubic centimeter. This means that a cubic centimeter of material could theoretically perform 10 trillion calculations at once and hold as much as 10 terabytes of data. This is orders of magnitude more information than existing systems of comparable size.

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Category: Science