Med Sci (Paris)
Volume 34, Number 6-7, Juin–Juillet 2018Les Cahiers de Myologie
|Page(s)||622 - 625|
|Published online||31 July 2018|
L’ADN comme mémoire informatique ?
DNA for information storage?
UMR 7268 ADÉS, Aix-Marseille, Université/EFS/ CNRS ; CoReBio PACA,case 901, Parc scientifique de Luminy, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France
The very high information density of DNA has prompted speculations on its use for information storage. The high costs of DNA synthesis and sequencing made this highly unpractical; however recent progress (notably array oligonucleotide synthesis) is changing the situation. A recent paper shows encoding and decoding of significant amounts of data (200 MB) with random access to individual files and faithful retrieval of content, at a cost that is still high but not extreme. Much progress remains to be achieved, but this use of DNA in now technically achievable and may eventually become practical.
© 2018 médecine/sciences – Inserm
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