DNA Data Storage and Near-Molecule Processing for the Yottabyte Era

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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Abstract: DNA data storage is an attractive option for digital data storage because of its extreme density, durability and eternal relevance. This is especially attractive when contrasted with the exponential growth in world-wide digital data production. In this talk we will present our efforts in building an end-to-end system, from the computational component of encoding and decoding to the molecular biology component of random access, sequencing and fluidics automation. We will also discuss some early efforts in building a hybrid electronic/molecular computer system that can offer more than just data storage, for example, image similarity search.

  • Describe the properties of synthetic DNA as a digital data storage medium
  • Describe how an end-to-end DNA data storage system works
  • Describe how to perform certain types of computation with synthetic DNA molecules

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