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.

Synthetic Biology Solutions

After establishing a clear goal and developing a design strategy, the following services can facilitate the development of synthetic biology-based data storage solutions:

GenPlus High-Throughput Gene Synthesis

Custom orders of any size synthesized with our GenBuilder™ high efficiency assembly technology, automated platform, and NGS multiplex sequencing QC

Combinatorial Assembly Library

A powerful source of either naturally-occurring or de novo sequences seamlessly assembled for the discovery of new proteins and development of novel pathways and networks

CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing

A one-stop solution for harnessing the power of CRISPR genome editing through partnership with the CRISPR pioneer, Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Technical Support, Quote & Ordering Information

Contact our technical support scientists to learn how GenScript can help with your synthetic biology projects, request a quote or place an order.



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