The process of evolution nowadays in the field of IT seems to be really expanding with a peak rate. The researchers and scientists have expanded their minds and hands onto over biological elements nowadays. Till now I used to eat the protein rich food as my mom advised me to have it for long and beautiful hair but now the same protein is going to help out in increasing the length or say growing up the space of the “Computer Storage” through “Protein Coated Disks”. Amazed??? Yes this is the new dimension I am going to write:
Protein Coated Disks…!!
Do not get shocked or tensed and spill out your cup of tea/coffee while reading or hearing news of “Hard disks getting obsolete” in the coming time.
Professor V Renugopalakrishnan, an Indian born scientist a BSc in Chemistry from Madras University and PhD in biophysics from Columbia/State University of New York, has claimed to develop “protein coated” DVDs that can make “Hard Disks” obsolete. His research makes an allegation to have developed a layer of protein made from tiny genetically altered microbe proteins which could store enough data of about 50 Terabytes. This protein is a “light activated protein” found in the membrane of a salt marsh microbe Halo-bacterium salinarum also known as bacteriorhodopsin (BR). It captures and stores sunlight to convert it to chemical energy. When light shines on BR, it is converted to a series of intermediate molecules each with a unique shape and color before returning to its ‘ground state‘.
Prof Renogopalakrishnan and his colleagues modified the DNA that produces BR protein to produce an intermediate that lasts for more than several years as the intermediates generally lasts for few hours or days.
He and his team asserts “This, ultimately broke grounds for a binary system to store data because of the energy levels i.e. ground state could be the zero and any of the intermediates could be the one. The protein-based DVDs will be able to store at least 20 times more than the Blue-ray and eventually even up to 50,000 gigabytes (about 50 terabytes) of information. You can pack literally thousands and thousands of those proteins on a media like a DVD, a CD or a film or whatever because the information is stored in proteins that are only a few nanometers across.” Protein Coated Disks would greatly increase storage over Holographic Versatile Disc optical disc systems. The technology uses the photosynthetic pigment bacteriorhodopsin created from bacteria.
The high-capacity storage devices will append an all new efficient dimension to the defense, medical and entertainment industries. In-fact in every field, at-least where the computers are used a medium to work and handle the work and development.
He also added that “You have a compelling need that is not going to be met with the existing magnetic storage technology.”
He also percepts with a scientific vision that “Science can be used and abused. Making large amounts of information so portable on high-capacity removable storage devices like “Protein Coated Disks” will make it easier for information to fall into the wrong hands. Information can be stolen very quickly. One has to have some safeguards there”.
Working with the Japanese NEC Corporation, Renugopalakrishnan’s team created a prototype device and estimated in July, 2006 that a USB disk would be commercialized in 12 months and a DVD in 18 to 24 months.
The findings were presented at the International Conference on Nano science and Nanotechnology in Brisbane.
Still the concept is at the theoretical stage under the process of development but yes it is something which we cannot oversee or brushoff.
Just imagine the time when this concept will turn into a reality we all would look at that disk and say “Oh God, proteins….!!! ” The idea itself for the “Protein Coated Disks” excites us. 🙂 😛
Hope that such “Protein Coated Disks” helps us revolutionize IT in the best way we can..!!
Stay hungry, stay foolish..!! 🙂