Researchers have long been working to harness biological systems to use as highly reliable platforms for computing. Now, a team of bio-engineering scientists in the U.S. have demoed a method to utilize short sections of DNA as advanced rewritable data bits. Well, the new system makes use of a pair of proteins fine-tuned from viruses to flip the DNA bits. Indeed, it might leapfrog researchers’ efforts to exploit biological systems as a stable memory storage facility for computing.
Well, the Standford University researchers have been working hard for last three years to modify the biological recipe to adapt the DNA bits’ value. They have finally managed to test the method as a successful system for storing data in computers. The report was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As per the researchers, the little information storehouses can also be utilized to learn about aging and cancer.
The bits include short sections of DNA, which influenced by a pair of diverse proteins namely excisionase and integrase, can be turned to point in one of two angles within the chromosomes of E. coli bacterium. The proteins are grabbed from a bacteriophage. Depending on their orientation, the data can be recognized as red or green glow. Well, the DNA sections are prepared to illuminate in those colors.
The method is under its nascent stage, however. According to Drew Endy, senior author of the research, applications with the technology are yet to realize. Endy says that he is sure about the usability of genetic data storage in computing industry. However, it is too early to discern it applications in various devices.