Microsoft Planning To Use DNA As Storage Device

Microsoft wants to step beyond storage as we know it to enter the world of biology and genetic material. Specifically, Redmond bought ten million DNA strands to experiment with the use of DNA as a storage material.

Microsoft has bought ten million DNA strands to the startup Twist Bioscience to investigate the use of genetic material as a means of data storage. The density of information that can store the DNA is far superior to traditional systems with a capacity to store one zettabyte (1,000,000,000 TB) in one gram. It presents a very high resistance and can store information for hundreds of years.


These features make it ideal for storing long-term data storage unit. And it’s not the first time experimenting with it. As early as 2013 binary information stored in the genetic material and it estimated that it could remain available in the same for over 500 years.

The problem ??

For reading and writing of data. Although it is known that the information can be stored for a long time and put a lot of data, it get really complicated from the point of carrying or read information to DNA. The writing seems overcome with a Twist built by the startup Bioscience generated strand DNA machine.

Custom DNA sequence is sold at about 10 cents per base even if the company wants to lower its cost just 2 cents. Research laboratories are currently its main customers, using these DNA strands in the search for new products and substances. Reading is really expensive process. It is true that the cost has fallen over the last 20 years. DNA Sequencing is the process used to “read data”.

In the case of the human genome project cost it came to 3,000 million dollars but now it can be done for about $ 1,000.


However, this is not enough to be commercially viable. Nevertheless, Microsoft has been very interested in this. If they manage to reduce technology costs, storage in DNA could become a viable alternative.