DNAtix Sets a New Record: Compresses DNA Sequences to 99% of Original Size
Now Possible to Upload Full Human Genomes on the Blockchain!
By: Digital DNAtix Ltd.
Earlier this year DNAtix released two versions of its open-source DNA Compression tool to GitHub, supporting most common operating systems (multiplatform)
It is almost impossible to transfer genetic data with current blockchain technologies due to size constraints. The size of the diploid human genome which is composed of 6 Billion nucleotide (letters) is approximately 1.5 Gigabytes (found in two copies in almost all cells).
It is expected that by 2025, 50 million people will have their full genome sequence at hand. Simple math leads to 73 Petabytes of genetic data that should be stored on the blockchain. Taking into account that the size of the Bitcoin blockchain reached approximately 173 gigabytes in June 2018 (1) it is clear that when developing the "genetic blockchain" size really matters.
DNAtix successfully transferred the short DNA sequence of a virus on the Ethereum blockchain, and more recently an entire chromosome (20 Megabytes) on the Hyperledger Fabric.
"Developing a genetic blockchain is an extremely complicated task that requires a multidisciplinary team," says Ofer A. Lidsky the CEO & CTO, DNAtix. "Unlike most current blockchains that are designed to provide 'speed of transection' rather than 'size of transection' when it comes to genetic information it is the other way around."
"When you are designing the genetic blockchain you must take into account not only data size, but also the sensitivity of the genetic information and regulatory considerations,"
USING THE COMPRESSION TOOL
"We see this tool as a new GDAPP (Genetic Distributed Application)
The new compression tool is part of the blockchain-based ecosystem DNAtix is building for the genetic world. DNAtix is defining how participants in the genetic ecosystem will access this tool, and will be releasing additional applications for the benefit of users of the ecosystem in the near future.
DNAtix is developing the future blockchain-based ecosystem for genetics. With two successful proof of concept experiments already completed for transferring DNA sequences using blockchain technology and a working prototype of the genetic wallet, DNAtix is leading the world of genetic blockchain technology. www.dnatix.com
Digital DNAtix Ltd.
Media Contact: Galit Lidsky Raiman