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Microsoft Twist DNA Storage

Microsoft’s futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB

April 28th, 2016

Bickering about the paltry amount of storage on the cheapest new iPhone might become a thing of the past… at some point in the distant future. Microsoft is currently experimenting with DNA material for the purpose of holding massive amounts of data. How massive? Try a billion terabytes, or a zettabyte. The best part about …

Couple Buys Puppies Cloned From Dead Dog DNA

Couple pays $100,000 for puppies cloned from their dead dog’s DNA

December 29th, 2015

We all love our pets but how many of us love them enough to pay $100,000 to get cloned versions of them after they pass away? One couple in the United Kingdom recently did exactly that, as The Guardian informs us. Britons Richard Remde and Laura Jacques were heartbroken earlier this year when their Boxer Dylan passed …

DNA Gene Editing Clinical Trials

Startup to begin editing humans’ DNA in 2017

November 5th, 2015

We’re not quite ready to alter human DNA on a massive scale, but there are means to edit genes in some parts of the body such as eyes to correct certain medical conditions. One startup called Editas Medicine will begin testing a gene repair program on humans in two years, marking an impressive advancement for biotechnology. …

China DNA Manipulation Stronger Dogs

Scientists have created a new breed of stronger, faster dogs using DNA manipulation

October 20th, 2015

If you’ve ever read recent dystopian sci-fi books such as Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake or Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, you’d know that one of their common predictions is that in the future genetically mutated super animals will run amok and make day-to-day life very dangerous for the world’s remaining humans. Now Technology Review brings us word that scientists in China …

IBM Watson DNA Cancer Treatment

The computer that beat Jeopardy! champions will now help treat cancer

May 7th, 2015

It’s becoming increasingly clear that by looking at a patient’s DNA data with help of modern computers, physicians will be able to better adapt treatments for all sorts of complex diseases. A new Reuters report reveals that cancer treatments might soon see huge improvements with help of one such computer, IBM’s Watson, which is a machine …