DNA Data Storage Overview
DNA, the blueprint of life, is not only responsible for encoding genetic information but also holds incredible potential as a data storage medium to store archival data in the long term. Find out more about DNA data storage and the research we do at Imperial below and read our DNA storage FAQ!Read our DNA Storage FAQ
Our Research Focus
Making DNA Data Storage a Reality
Our ultimate goal to make it a staple of modern data centres to store archival data in the very long term.
Processing Data in DNA
Once data is stored in DNA, biomolecular processes can be used to process it on an unprecedented scale. More precisely, combinatorial problems (e.g., databases joins, travelling salesperson problems and others) can be solved in DNA very fast thanks to the unprecedented level of parallelism and also very energy efficient comapred to traditional computing. Watch the video here to learn more.
Selected publications resulting from our research
Generating Synthetic Data for DNA Origami-based Information Storage Systems Conference
DNA archival storage, a bottom up approach Conference
ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in storage and File Systems, 2021.
DNA4DNA: Preserving Culturally Significant Digital Data with Synthetic DNA Journal Article
In: 17th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES 2021), 2021.
Digital Preservation with Synthetic DNA Journal Article
In: 37eme Conference sur la Gestion de Donnees – Principes, Technologies et Applications (BDA 2021), 2021.
Nanopore Sequencing Simulator or DNA Data Storage Journal Article
In: Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP 2021), 2021.
OligoArchive: Using DNA in the DBMS Storage Hierarchy. Proceedings Article
In: Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR '19) , 2019.
Survey of information encoding techniques for dna Journal Article
In: arXiv preprint arXiv:1906.11062, 2019.