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Forget iTunes or your old zipper case of DVDs. How about storing movies in a Petri dish of E. coli?

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have stored a short video in the DNA of bacteria and then retrieved it. It’s the first time a video has been recorded into living cells, and the development could have environmental applications.

“DNA is a great place to store information. Biology uses it quite effectively,” said Seth Shipman, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and first author of the study. “It’s compact, and it’s incredibly stable.”


Shipman and his colleagues encoded five frames of “Animal Locomotion, Plate 626,” a series of images taken by Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer in photographing motion.

Their study was published in Nature on Wednesday.


To get the DNA stored into the bacterial genome, researchers used the CRISPR-Cas system, a powerful gene-editing tool. The researchers chopped up each frame into single-colored pixels. They then created DNA codes that corresponded to each color and strung several codes together.

Each bacterium took in snippets of the video and stored it in their DNA. Taken together, the researchers were able to put the pieces back and play the video.

With this work, Shipman said they eventually want to create “molecular recorders,” which are living cells that could sense things in the environment, like toxins or heavy metals, and record and store that information within their DNA.

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the title of the original series encoded in the bacteria. It’s Animal Locomotion, Plate 626,” not “Sallie Gardner at a Gallop.” 

  • I mean … We claimed so many times … !!! that…
    It is not only harmful but also difficult to be naturally controlled the environment if we expand GMO environment and foods through animal …
    Now the experiment is the DNA data in the bacteria …
    If you later plant the information into the virus such as by remote printing…or the shadow energy piece in the energy algorhythm of the virus?

    If the wrong information from the GMOs is in harmony with any of the viruses, it stores the information and adjusts the virus information in the protein to change the protein to a moving image (not a video). …
    If a particular piece of information, such as a video, matches the piece of virus and moves the protein, one of these results is the super bug and also the out of controlled virus.
    *** Of course, we will end up developing a technique to decode the super bug and reverse it or the virus can not be energized…

    Still, through antibiotics or GMO foods …..if the energy slice of video (no substance ???: just a piece of data or a video) can not be controlled by the nature?
    *translated by google

  • Is it really a “1St. Embedded Equestrian Adveture!” Forget about the Petri-dish, it calls for a nucleatide Sally Gardner’s standing ovation.
    Oligos work wonders when right combinations and well planed nucleotides perform in unisome.
    Great beginnings where, If next reversed process sequence of events were to place emphasis on Environmental and diferentiate from Internally induced nucleotide, bacterium and cellular recorded changes. Then it would be real time imprint for analysis, exploration and monetization.

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