One of the largest perks at my job is the fact I get to learn something new everyday. Many time I come across concepts and ideas that blow my mind. They don't always have to do with my job or my educational background but they can most defiantly be classified under the idea of "you learn something new everyday". Some such things can even make me question my chose career path...
Though many of my family members work in the field of medicine I personally get so squeamish around blood that it never even crossed my mind to deal with anything to do with the human body until today.
Today I have discovered the amazing idea of encoding data in DNA.
What does thins mean? DNA contains genetic instructions written in a simple but powerful code made up of four chemicals bases. Now, Harvard researches have managed to find a way to store data on them and have even created a version of Moby Dick in DNA.
Why use DNA to store digital data? Because it saves an ineradicable amount of storage space.
Learn more about this from Sri Kosuri's talk on - Encoding Stories and Big Data in DNA.