One of the main problems of our times, currently being dubbed the information age, is the storage of data generated worldwide, which is predicted to reach 40 zigabytes (ZB) by the year 2020. With a perspective of using smaller mediums rather than bigger data storage centers, the key to solving this issue can be found through the use of the DNA molecule. Billions of years of evolution have optimized DNA for transmission and storage of data in a way that is both efficient and reliable. Theoretically, all 40 ZB of man-made data can be stored in just 90 grams of DNA.
Initial attempts to use DNA as an archival medium, dating back to the 1960s, could go only so far because of the difficulties faced when attempting to synthesize long stretches of DNA. However, with the current technological advancements in DNA synthesis and sequencing, synthetic biologists are fast making progress in storing large datasets in DNA. Although current limitations, such as lack of efficient random access read and rewritability features, is keeping this novel solution at the experimental level, the multitude of advantages the DNA-based storage offers is foreseen to reshape the future of communication and data storage in the near future.
The workflow of storing data in DNA is comprised of:
Application of synthetic biology strategies to store data in DNA offers:
After establishing a clear goal and developing a design strategy, the following services can facilitate the development of synthetic biology-based data storage solutions:
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