This 3D-Printed Bunny Could Be the Future of Data Storage

This 3D-Printed Bunny Could Be the Future of Data Storage


This rabbit contains the instructions for
how to replicate itself, just like all our living cells do. Even though it’s very clearly not alive,
its instructions are encoded into DNA and then embedded into this 3D-printed plastic
object. This… is an advanced proof of concept for
DNA as data storage. Think about it: just like ones and zeros are
the way that computers encode information, DNA base pairs do the same. But DNA offers more density. It obviously packs so much data—like, all
of the instructions for a human body— into the nucleus of a cell. And teams around the world have been demonstrating
that they’re able to encode hundreds of thousands of terabytes of digital data in
gram-quantities of DNA. Like can you picture a one-terabyte hard drive? Yeah, now picture hundreds of thousands of
those, and all of the information you could store on them—videos, photos, the whole
shebang—in just a few grams of biological material. So DNA offers quite an improvement on existing
digital data storage methods, like the chips, spinning discs, and magnetic tape that we’re
used to. And this rabbit is a first foray into what
these researchers are calling ‘the DNA of things’. So how exactly do you get DNA into a plastic
object like this? The scientists stored the instructions for
how to 3D print the plastic bunny in chunks of DNA. And then they enclosed that DNA in microscopic
glass beads, which protects the DNA from the heat of the 3D-printing process. Then the beads were embedded into liquid plastic, and that mixture was used to 3D print the bunny. When it’s done, you could take a tiny piece
of that rabbit—like, milligram quantities—and run it through a sequencer, decode the information
stored in the DNA, and voila: you now have the instructions to make another bunny. And that’s just what the researchers did! They repeated that process, creating five
generations of bunnies, if you will. And the team also showed that DNA from a bunny
that was stored for nine months showed no significant degradation of the data and could
still be used to make another bunny! The plastic rabbit is a cute and relatively simple example
of a concept that is pretty mind-bending. This same visionary team did this with a pair
of glasses, too. Using the same process, they stored the file
for a short movie in the lenses of a pair of perfectly ordinary glasses. That is some Bond-level stuff right there. And in addition to this tech having potential
in espionage, it also has a whole host of applications in medicine. Medications, or personal health items like
dental implants, could come equipped with information about their safety, uses, and
even about the person who needs them. Like you could have the entirety of your
medical records stored in your new fake tooth! In DNA!? This is all, of course, only possible if you
have the right DNA purification equipment, a portable DNA sequencer, tens of hours, and
then of course, the program that decodes the DNA into the digital information. Y’know, just little stuff. But teams all over the world are innovating
to bring down the cost and complexity of this tech, and to make it accessible for use in all
kinds of industries, like construction, pharmaceuticals, and electronics! It’s really just the start of innovation
in the exciting field of DNA data storage. Because we are producing, consuming, and storing more data than ever before in human history. As we advance our computing, and as expanding
population gains access to the internet and personal computers, that data volume isn’t
going down any time soon. We’re going to need better ways to store
it and to get it to each other. And it looks like co-opting nature’s best
existing data storage strategy just may be part of the solution. Maybe mother nature really does know best. If you haven’t seen our new show, Human,
you should definitely check it out. Not only because it’s great, but because we’re Human, and we have a bunch of different mechanisms that work together to keep our bodies functioning,
and this show talks all about them. If there’s a topic in particular you’d
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for watching.

100 thoughts on “This 3D-Printed Bunny Could Be the Future of Data Storage”

  1. What is up with that rabbit?!? Is that the physical version of "hello world" for computer graphics and now apparently biology coding stuff?

  2. But hard drives don't mutate. Why did they decide to make it a bunny shape?

    It sounds like this would be a good thing to pair with quantum computers that don't need digital information to start with.

  3. One tech that I really hope will come from this some day (many years from now) is a normal sized USB drive that has DNA read/write capability. Picture a thumb drive that comes not in a 8 GB variety but a 8 TB variety.

  4. Mind bending? Really? This is child's play at best. You made instructions to make a rabbit then used complicated already known methods to store the instructions then claim it is amazing.

  5. iT could be fantstic if Seeker can explain their science in a mixed part like putting Maren could be perfect for it, also 3D could help entring 3D Web see this film roger rabit this can finance space exploration and solving issues Maren could be interesting inside it

  6. The tech that allows data to be stored on DNA is awesome. Its kind of a shame that people spend so much time focusing on the fact that the researchers chose to store the same CAD file that they used in their 3D printer. The tech is much more widely useful than that, but all the reporters seem to say is "look! A self-replicating bunny! (ps: its not really self-replicating.)"

  7. That ain't new! Just how much more data may we need to store? It will never be solved. They might reduce physical space required to store more data. But the requirements of the consumers are not likely to rest at a specific number of tera, peta, or whatever class of bytes. So it looks like a road with no end. Technology research although precedes applications never actually meets the increasing needs for storage.

  8. This is pointless click-bait. If they put the file on a flash-drive and put that in the rabbit it would have functionally accomplished the exact same thing, and you wouldn't need to do a DNA test to read it.

  9. This pop artist can create digitally his paintings, and if you are multitasking is better animation for this pop art graphics in you videos of scince digitally, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SGsbc11IRE&t=184s

  10. Man, plugging an USB key on the first try is already something I'd be proud to have on my Tinder profile and now you tell me I have to print a whole damn bunny? My mom is up for a surprise the next time she ask me to totally-legaly-download her the latest episodes of her favorite show

  11. unless you have a bucket load of weird gear it's worthless, best idea was dots in silica with a 14 billion year life and in a pinch can be read with a microscope

  12. Storing data and having fast read/write are two different things. Much like current data centers use SSD/HDD for quick access storage and taps for longterm backups. This technology might be good for longterm storage but it will unlikely be good at quick access of data.

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  14. In the middle of sixth extinction event, nothing is more urgent than increasing our ability to spam life.
    Nobody knows how bacteria will react to DNA made to encode videos of funny cats, pictures of instagrammers and a ton of advertising. What kind of toxins will they produce from that ? In what way, virus will recycle all of that genetical material into biological weapons ?
    It does not matter because : THE DNA IS FOR PORN !

  15. Idea for Seeker: if you design a machine that could make an exact, smaller copy of itself, how far down that particular rabbit hole could we go?

  16. Please tell me that I can access all the data faster than a hard drive. Cuz right now, the read and write speeds on DNA is excruciatingly slow.

    Scientists… Pls fix

  17. Aliens created life on earth to store information in our DNA and left evolution to it to make sure the data cannot be lost.

  18. Hi πŸ™‚ Could you do a video revolving around the Corona Virus? While it’s all over the news there’s a lot of lack of clarity about pretty much everything, so it would be cool to have a video with what researchers are doing and if really it’s something we should be real scared of. Gotta know whether to invest in a mask ygm

  19. Free DNA will trigger an immune response since it indicates that something is wrong because DNA is only supposed to be inside the nucleus.

  20. You pulled my commentary, I am sorry for hurting you're feelings, I was just mad at this stupidity and wanted to change the comment to something that is more civilised but didn't have the chance as my comment was deleted on impact, if my comment is valid you should be able to take the heat, but I guess you are to weak to let vaild points go and have to play censor

  21. Theirs glass and Quartz which can challenge this technology 5D storage and another one which I can't recall but let see which of these new storage technologies dominates or it could be a combination for different uses.

  22. I don't see DNA replacing hard drives, the read write speed is far, far too slow. But it could definitely replace magnetic tape for long term data archival. In 2020, I believe the current tape sets are either 12 or 24 terabytes each of read only data. (WORM drives, Write Once Read Many). DNA could replace tape as the ideal worm drive, with literally thousands of times the data density.

  23. Why 🧬? there has to be a better way to write and read and store info.
    DNA obviously it's prone to miscopying(mutations)

  24. Synthetic DNA is archive-only (meaning it can't be actively read like data on an HDD or SSD) at the moment… Should've made a point of that in the video I feel.

  25. That wasn't very clear. Do they store the whole process in every glass bead? How do they write the instructions as DNA? how do you keep the sequence right? How do you get the DNA into a glass bead? How do you get ot out?

  26. Crystal skulls… Hollywood (All witch Wands are made of Holly Wood) already knows all this and slips us info over time to clear there negative Karma. Just watch the newer Superman…. Their races DNA info was on the skull…

  27. What's the avg seek time of a 1 Exabyte DNA drive? I know it won't be measured in ms…
    But still — viable for long-term mass storage, just like magnetic tapes.

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