According to YAHOO financial reports, Microsoft announced today that they purchased from a San Francisco biotech company 10 million DNA long oligonucleotide molecules. This message proves that Microsoft is exploring the use of DNA molecules to store data. This storage technology can be more than any of the current storage technology, hard disk, Blu ray discs are much better, because the information above DNA can save one thousand to ten thousand years.
Microsoft Research Institute estimates that a cubic millimeter of DNA can store a Exabyte (one billion bytes) of data. If this idea can be realized, then it means that our smart phone can store more photos, videos, text and audio.
Researchers at Microsoft Research Institute said that due to the current demand for digital data is exponentially expanding, so we need to seek a more long-term and secure data storage. At present, this technology has only just started, so consumers will not see the DNA smart phones in a short time. But Microsoft said the possibility of this technology to achieve is very large. And in the fall of last year, Microsoft has begun to study.
Once the storage technology can be combined with biological technology, then the storage costs will be reduced. This means that the arrival of a new era of storage, people have long been the disk or hard disk storage methods will fade out of the stage of science and technology. In order to achieve this goal, Twist said that they have raised $1 to $1 in investment, including Bill Gates's and Melinda Bill foundation.