Catalog is a startup based at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab and it has plans to launch the first commercial DNA storage service. The company states that they have developed a low-cost way to store a terabyte of data in a single DNA pellet.
“We are developing next-generation technology to store digital information in DNA molecules. Our vision is to fit the information content of entire data centers into the palm of your hand,” the company states on their website.
It’s not a secret that in the near future, our storage devices will be bursting at the seams with the data we constantly produce. In order to prevent a crisis from happening, DNA seems to be the most efficient data storage available to scientists at the moment.
The idea for the technique dates back some six years ago when researchers at Harvard University managed to encode the text of a 54,000-word book in DNA.
DNA has the ability to store data for thousands of years at least, if kept under certain conditions, without degrading.
Thing is, until now, storing information in such a way was time consuming and also expensive, costing just under $100,000 per one minute of HQ stereo sound.
Catalog though claims to have come up with a method that will keep the costs much lower than that. Rumor is that the company might store small DNA samples that represent strings of binary data which in turn could be used to form larger files and separate writing from encoding DNA. So far, there has been no official announcement on to confirm or deny this rumor.
The company is set to begin commercial tests next year.