November 28, 2017

A comparison between magnetic tape and bacteria as tapes (Image courtesy Wang Lab/Columbia University Medical Center)

An article published in the journal “Science” describes the development of a system that uses the CRISPR-Cas genetic manipulation system to store information in living cells transforming them into a biological equivalent of a magnetic tape. A team of researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center modified a bacterium of the Escherichia coli family transforming it into a potential diagnostic or environmental monitoring tool thanks to its ability to record data.