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a/compsci posted by smh 3 months ago

Abstract: DNA is an attractive medium to store digital information. Here we report a storage strategy, called DNA Fountain, that is highly robust and approaches the information capacity per nucleotide. Using our approach, we stored a full computer operating system, movie, and other files with a total of \(2.14 \times 10^6\) bytes in DNA oligonucleotides and perfectly retrieved the information from a sequencing coverage equivalent to a single tile of Illumina sequencing. We also tested a process that can allow \(2.18 \times 10^{15}\) retrievals using the original DNA sample and were able to perfectly decode the data. Finally, we exposed the limit of our architecture in terms of bytes per molecule and obtained a perfect retrieval from a density of 215 petabytes per gram of DNA, orders of magnitude higher than previous reports. 

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