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Rewritable digital data stored in live DNA

Bioengineers have developed a way to repeatedly encode, store, and erase digital data within the DNA of living cells.

“It took us three years and 750 tries to make it work, but we finally did it,” says Jerome Bonnet, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, who worked with graduate student Pakpoom Subsoontorn and assistant professor Drew Endy to reapply natural enzymes adapted from bacteria to flip specific sequences of DNA back and forth at will.

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