What’s Your Problem? Squeezing the Entire Internet Into a Shoebox

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Emily Leproust is the co-founder and CEO of Twist Bioscience. Her problem: How do you store data in DNA — and make it cheap enough to work in the real world.

The cells in our bodies contain an incredible data storage system: DNA. Now, scientists have figured out how to use DNA as a digital storage device that is stable and incredibly compact. If you stored all the data on the Internet in DNA, it would fit in a shoebox.

But there’s a problem: It’s still too expensive to work in the real world. On today’s show, Emily Leproust explains how DNA storage works, and what it will take to bring it to market.

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The Host

Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein spent more than a decade as co-host of the Planet Money podcast. He's also the author of the book Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing, which the New…