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Wednesday, April 20 • 9:35am - 9:55am
Keynote: Information Storage in DNA - Nick Goldman, Program Director, The Goldman Group

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The amount of information that humans produce and want to store is growing exponentially. I will argue that at present, no long-term _archiving_ --- meaning storing safely, recoverably, for long periods of time with rare access and minimal maintenance requirements --- of digital information is taking place.

Recent advances in genome science led us to look at the possibility of using DNA as a digital archive medium.  In a `proof of principle' experiment, we used standard DNA technologies to store and recover approximately 750kb of digital information in a manner that could be extrapolated to global data scales, incorporating modern methods such as error correcting codes for data integrity.  DNA has numerous properties that are ideal for archiving, and this talk will describe our current experiments and will speculate on the
future of DNA as a digital storage medium.

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Nick Goldman

Research Group Leader, The Goldman Group
Nick Goldman has a first degree in mathematics and received his PhD in molecular evolution from the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, in 1992.  He has worked at the Natural History Museum (London), the MRC-National Institute for Medical Research (London) and the University... Read More →

Wednesday April 20, 2016 9:35am - 9:55am PDT
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