DNAtix Sets a New Record: Compresses DNA Sequences to 99 per cent of Original Size

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Genetics blockchain company DNAtix has just released the next stage of its DNA compression tool which can, for the first time, compress DNA sequences by up to 99% of their original value. This tool is another step in validating DNAtix’s vision of storing and transferring full genome sequences on a dedicated blockchain.

“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.”.

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“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,” says Dr. Tal sines the CSO, DNAtix. “Enable users to store and transfer their genetic information, access it easily and get value from it. Without dealing first with the data sizes it is just not going to work.”

Earlier this year DNAtix released two versions of its open-source DNA Compression tool to GitHub, supporting most common operating systems (multiplatform). The first two versions of the DNAtix compression tools enabled users to compress DNA sequences by 75%. While groundbreaking in their own regard, this level of compression was not enough for a blockchain to store hundreds of millions of genomic sequences.

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.

USING THE COMPRESSION TOOL

“We see this tool as a new GDAPP (Genetic Distributed Application) that will be available for users of the genetic blockchain” says CEO, Ofer Lidsky.

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.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST
2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency
($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company
Blockchain Partners
(Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser
at leading industry event CryptoFinancing (Europe's first ICO event now
branded Tokenomicon)
– Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher,
innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards
of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500
articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and
has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.  Irish Tech News put him in the top
10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of
Blockchain
at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang
at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he
was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School
for Business Automation 4.0 programme. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des
Arts et des Technologies at Crypto Chain University and an Advisory
Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of
Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member
at U.S. Blockchain Association. Over a half a decade experience judging
and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the
European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor
and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain
technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels,
Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki,
London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, San
Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel
Aviv,  Utrecht, Venice,  Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and
Zurich.  His network is global and extensive.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has
ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean
& Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business
Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work
and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and
French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart,
Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to
TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to
marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian
expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the
world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on
yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently
lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage
daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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