Digital archivists have been worried about the ephemeral nature of digital storage for some time now. How can you trust vital documents to any storage technology, which will most likely be obsolete within a decade or two? Now some researchers are investigating the use of nature’s own digital storage mechanism, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) for long-term data retention.
At the Linux Foundation’s Vault storage conference, held last week in Raleigh, North Carolina, European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)researcher Nick Goldman talked about the feasibility of using DNA as a long-term storage format, a talk timely not only because it was at a storage conference, but also because Monday is DNA Day.
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