Researchers Store Data in Bacteria DNA

May 16, 2007 By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer in Other Sciences / Other
Researchers Store Data in Bacteria DNA (AP)
Keio University Professor Masaru Tomita, who heads the team of bacteria-encoding researchers, speaks about his study to use bacteria as a data storage medium, while showing images of parent bacteria his team used for the research at his laboratory in Fujisawa, west of Tokyo, Friday, April 20, 2007. Ink may fade, computers may crash, chips and disks may break _ but not the lowly bacteria, which reproduce and live for years, remembering data tucked away in their genetic coding. Tomita\'s team succeeded in inserting in a common bacterium Albert Einstein's "E equals MC squared" theory of relativity and "1905," the year the Nobel Prize-winning physicist came up with the discovery. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

(AP) -- These days, data get stored on disks, computer chips, hard drives and good old-fashioned paper. Scientists in Japan see something far smaller but more durable - bacteria.

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"Researchers Store Data in Bacteria DNA" May 16, 2007