Biomemory’s DNA Storage: A Glimpse into the Future of Data Preservation – In a groundbreaking move, French startup Biomemory claims to be the pioneer in offering a storage card that can store a single kilobyte of DNA for a fee of €1,000 Euros. While the price may seem steep for data storage in 2024, Biomemory introduces the concept of “DNA Cards,” promising longevity and unique benefits.
Biomemory’s 1KB “DNA Card”. The DNA is stored in the white circle. (Image credit: Biomemory)
Biomemory’s DNA Storage: A Glimpse into the Future of Data Preservation
Biomemory asserts that each 1 KB DNA Card can endure for at least 150 years, providing a robust solution for long-term data preservation. Beyond the initial offering, Biomemory hints at the future with its “Biomemory Prime” storage setup, poised to store a whopping 100 Petabytes for data centers. However, the ambitious 2026 release date raises questions about the practicality of its existing technology.
Despite the potential of DNA storage technology, Biomemory faces challenges. The extended time required for reading and writing data, compared to emerging alternatives like glass or ceramic storage, suggests that widespread adoption may take time.
(Image credit: Biomemory)
It’s crucial to note that Biomemory isn’t the first player in the DNA storage arena. In 2019, Microsoft and the University of Washington made significant strides, and more recently, Chinese scientists unveiled a functional, programmable DNA computer in late 2023.
DNA’s natural mapping of molecules allows it to surpass the limits of binary computing, as demonstrated by the Chinese DNA computer. While Biomemory’s DNA Encode feature showcases the microscopic nature of DNA, its storage efficiency currently appears to fall short.
While the concept of DNA storage is undeniably fascinating, there are still gaps to bridge before it becomes a mainstream alternative to traditional data center solutions. Biomemory’s foray into this space offers a glimpse into the potential future of data preservation, sparking both excitement and challenges that lie ahead.
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