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Scientists Stored This Famous Japanese Painting in Protein Molecules

When you think of Edo period Japense Art, the first thing that comes to mind is Kanagawa-oki nami ura. This great work by Katsushika Hokusai was stored in protein molecules.

via Motherboard

Researchers from Harvard and Northwestern University have stored Hokusai’s 19th century woodblock painting “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” using a new method involving protein molecules.

Over the years, scientists have developed techniques to accurately store information in DNA, which if fully developed, could completely change information technology by mitigating the risk of cyberattacks or environmental dangers such as fires or floods that could compromise a computer’s hard drive or a book. But despite advances in the science, the process of storing digital information in DNA remains expensive and time-consuming.

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