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Researchers used CRISPR to encode a movie into DNA

Genome GIFs.
movies encoded in bacteria's DNA

Using the gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas, scientists at Harvard University were able to encode information that corresponded to the pixels of an image into the genome of living bacteria. The picture on the left is the original image while the one on the right is the one created after encoding and then extracting and sequencing the DNA from the bacteria.

Seth Shipman

This week scientists announced something kind of weird: Using the gene into the DNA of . Scientists have actually been images and basic pieces of information into bacteria for years. But encoding a movie represents a big storage upgrade. In the future, the researchers say, this will help enable them to employ bacteria as tiny video cameras, capturing information in places humans can’t get to.

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