Scientific American highlights Milenkovic's DNA-based data storage research
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Olgica Milenkovic has been quoted in Scientific American discussing DNA-based storage for digital data. According to Milenkovic, “DNA is an unbelievably dense, durable, nonvolatile storage medium.”
The article explains, "Humans will generate more than 16 trillion gigabytes of digital data by 2017, and much of it will need to be archived. Think: legal, financial and medical records as well as multimedia files." Current methods of data storage are limited by physical space and inevitable deterioration.
Milenkovic and her colleagues have successfully stored the Wikipedia pages of six U.S. universities in DNA and used random access (as opposed to sequential) to retrieve and edit text. Milenkovic explained, this direct access eliminates the need to "sequence a whole book to read just one paragraph."