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|The stuff we're made of may be the means by which we store information that we want kept around long after we're gone. Scientists have developed a technique of storing information in DNA, the molecule found in living creatures including humans that contains genetic instructions. Text on your computer, while it may look like words, is actually encoded in your computer as ones and zeros - this is called binary. For the purposes of DNA synthesis, scientists took that information and converted it to base 3 -- that is, zeroes, ones and twos. A small test tube holds about a petabyte of data. DNA storing this much information is about as big as the space between the top two joints of your little finger, Goldman said. 'A gram of DNA would hold the same information as a bit over a million compact discs. Your storage options are: one thing a bit smaller than your little finger, or a million CDs.'|
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