10 Years of Natural Data Storage

Dixita Limbachiya, Manish K. Gupta, Vaneet Aggarwal

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Digital data explosion has been driving a demand for robust and reliable data storage medium. The present day digital storage devices presents a big challenge for data scientists to provide reliable, affordable and dense storage medium. In the last decade, natural storage medium such as DNA, bacteria, and protein has been shown as a promising approach for next generation information storage systems. This article is a review that discusses advancements in the natural data storage, which has potential to replace the current physical storage for archival systems and have high storage per unit weight of medium, and is affordable and reliable. Further, the challenges for natural data storage will also be presented. With the international DNA data storage alliance of more than 30 companies and academic alliance in 2020, one would hope that DNA data storage will soon be available commercially in next 5-10 years. The success of the alliance will also motivate researchers to explore the other natural storage medium such as bacteria and protein which are currently in the lab.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-275
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 3 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-02-16
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under Grant DST/INT/DAAD/P-14/2019, and in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant CNS-1618335.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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