New technology has emerged that allows digital binaries to be stored in biological repositories. The researchers note that DNA molecules have a higher storage density.
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created a new method that minimizes errors when writing to molecular storage while also making it easier to fix any potential problems.
“Our software, the Adaptive DNA Storage Code (ADS Codex), translates data from what a computer understands to what biologists understand,” explained Lachar Ionkov, who leads the project. “It’s like translating from English to Chinese, but much more difficult.”
The immediate goal of the project is to develop DNA storage technologies capable of writing 1 TB and reading 10 TB within 24 hours. Moreover, the cost of such a service will be less than 1000 US dollars.
Scientists expect that DNA storage can provide the ability to store huge amounts of data at a low cost, which will be vital in the coming years as the amount of data produced continues to grow.
Compared to tape storage, which is used for archival purposes, DNA is much denser, degrades almost as quickly, and requires no maintenance.
“Biomaterials offer a promising solution over tape storage, the predominant storage method, which is a technology dating back to 1951,” the scientists note.