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Recent Breakthroughs with DNA

There are several announcements about DNA over the last few weeks that you should know about. Many breakthroughs go unnoticed even though they are some of the most amazing things that we have accomplished. One of the biggest reasons that I created this blog was to bring innovations like these into a single place.

DNA Hard Drives
Scientists have figured out how to convert the four types of molecules that make up DNA into 0s and 1s, also known as binary code. We can now store data in DNA and retrieve it! There are some benefits to this medium. First, all of the world’s data can fit into a spoonful of DNA. Second, if the DNA is stored in a silica shell and subzero temperatures, it could last over a million years. Learn more.

CRISPR, the DNA Editing Tool
Over the pasts several years scientists have been removing and replacing pieces of DNA successfully. Examples of this process include fixing defective DNA in mice and editing the genes of plants. In other words, expect HUGE implications for medicine and agriculture! Learn more.

Epigenome Maps
Last week it was announced that 127 epigenomes of human cells have been mapped. Epigenomes can be thought of as molecular switches that can activate or deactivate our genes. This will help us to understand and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and others. Learn more.

Play to Cure: Genes in Space
“The world’s first free mobile game that uses the collective force of players to analyse real genetic data and help beat cancer sooner.” Learn more.

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