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Keio University Develops New Technology to Preserve Data in Bacteria.

Tokyo, Japan, Feb 27, 2007 - (JCN) - Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences and Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus announced the development of a new technology that enables the use of bacterial DNA as a medium for long-term data preservation.

The Research Group succeeded in developing this new technology by creating an artificial DNA that carries the data to be preserved, making multiple copies of the DNA and inserting the original as well as the identical copies into the bacterial genome sequence.

The multiple copies work as back up files to counteract natural degradation of the preserved data.

Bacteria are quite compact and the DNA information is passed down from generation to generation, which allows for long-term preservation of large data files.

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