Youe Computer Needs Protein

As proteins aid in storing memory in your brain it is probably not surprising that researchers are looking for ways to get proteins to store data in a manner that could work with computers. To that end Tetsuro Majima at Osaka University in Japan has shown you can use proteins derived from bacteria to store data.

Current "write times" are about a minute but read times are similar to what you would expect with current computer memory. In addition, the protein needs to be kept near freezing in order to keep data stored properly over time.

Of course I don’t expect an iProteinPod in the next few months but the technology could be promising in military applications and other niches where magnetic interference is a concern. You see, protein based memory unlike that of the traditional variety is not susceptible to magnetic fields.


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