Twist Bioscience Synthetic DNA Stores New Netflix Original Series ‘BIOHACKERS’
-- World’s First Series Stored in DNA --
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DNA is an incredibly dense storage media (Graphic: Business Wire)
“Many important documents, music and videos have been encoded and stored in DNA, but this is the first time a leading entertainment provider has embraced the vast possibilities of DNA from imagination to storage,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and cofounder of Twist. “It’s exciting to ground the fictional series, which expounds beyond the boundaries of what is possible with DNA today, with the reality of preserving groundbreaking cultural media in synthetic DNA. The ability to store digital data in DNA seems futuristic, but the future is now.”
DNA is the oldest coding system known to science, and we are only now beginning to explore the possibilities available to advance science through synthetic biology. The new show, BIOHACKERS, investigates some current opportunities as well as future possibilities, engaging imagination and creativity.
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Dr. Leproust continued, “DNA is an incredible molecule that, by its very nature, provides ultra high density storage for thousands of years. In fact, the DNA contained within all cells in a human body could store all the movies created to date in the 21st century three billion times over. That, indeed, illustrates the magic of bringing biology and technology together to create synthetic (inert) DNA.”
Today, Twist manufactures more than one million small pieces of DNA on a single silicon chip using semiconductor technology. The company is now working toward the next generation of silicon chip that will allow the company to synthesize or write 10 gigabytes of DNA on each silicon chip, reducing the cost of digital data storage significantly for broad accessibility and commercialization.
How to Store Digital Data in DNA
To store data in DNA, first, a data file is converted from its digital sequence of 0’s and 1’s into a DNA sequence of A’s, C’s, T’s and G’s; for example, 00 = A, 01 = C, 10 = G and 11 = T.
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