Linked by Daniel Gaskell on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 22:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

In a paper out this week in Science, researchers Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski report successfully using DNA to store and retrieve "a full computer operating system, movie, and other files".

DNA has the potential to provide large-capacity information storage. However, current methods have only been able to use a fraction of the theoretical maximum. Erlich and Zielinski present a method, DNA Fountain, which approaches the theoretical maximum for information stored per nucleotide. They demonstrated efficient encoding of information - including a full computer operating system - into DNA that could be retrieved at scale after multiple rounds of polymerase chain reaction.

Which operating system? Turns out it's KolibriOS, the all-assembler, floppy-based x86 operating system originally based on MenuetOS.

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Thumb-Drive anyone?
by brostenen on Sun 5th Mar 2017 23:55 UTC
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So basically... In the future, we can theoretically store data in a fingernail. The term "Thumb-Drive" takes a whole new meaning now I guess.

(In the future people will ask, how much your capacity are)

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