Paris-based startup Biomemory has released a device that allows owners to store up to 1KB of data in synthetic DNA. The device is shaped like a bank card and costs $1,000. The stated storage period for information is 150 years. The data is encoded and decrypted in a specialized laboratory, the initial process of converting 1 KB of data or 1024 characters takes about eight hours. Biomemory expects first orders in January 2024.
The principle of operation of the device is based on the conversion of digital information from binary code into the nucleotides that make up DNA – adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T), which can then be decoded by the company, if the owner wants to access your data. Submitted DNAThe storage is far less energy intensive than existing storage systems, and Biomemory says its DNA map is recyclable and its manufacturing process is entirely bio-based.
“Although storing a kilobyte of data as DNA code may seem modest compared to traditional storage methods, it represents a significant breakthrough in DNA storage technology.”says Erfane Arwani, CEO of Biomemory. The company plans to extend its data integrity guarantee to 1,000 and then 10,000 years, he said, while also aiming to increase the device’s storage capacity for larger files such as photos, documents and media.
Storing digital data in DNA is not a new concept and neither is a number of other companies work We are working to make this long-term storage solution viable. In 2022, Catalog Technologies encoded 200,000 words from eight Shakespearean tragedies into DNA, taking the first step in DNA computation by demonstrating the ability to search for key terms in the data. Another DNA storage startup, Iridia, plans to offer archiving and cold data storage services in 2026.
There are other approaches to long-term data storage, including Microsoft’s Project Silica system, which can currently store 7TB on a glass disk for 10,000 years. The startup Cerabyte wants to ensure data protection for thousands of years using laser-engraved ceramics.