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Protein Coated Disk: An Evolution

Protein Coated Disk

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..!!   🙂




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  1. Panthak Sharma

    Hey Charmie,

    I’m very glad by reading this article and very excited too,if such thing really will develop in future data transfer will be much easier,And data storage of about 50 Terabytes is the most excited thing about “Protein Coated Disks”.
    Really awesome..This is the future !!

    • Charmie Prajapati

      Dear Panthak,

      Not only you, but each one of us is really looking forward for this theoretical concept getting converted to a practical revolutionary element. Yes definitely the digits “50 TB” are more of a tempting one..!!
      Glad to find you here acknowledging our work.
      Stay Updated. Stay rocking. 🙂

      Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish..!! 😛 🙂

      Charmie 🙂

  2. Nishant


    I’ve never even Imagined that, Biology in Computers

    One question, Can we eat them, after all they are proteins (the good for health kind of stuff) ?

    just kidding 😀

    Again a charming and interesting post from you, Great work

    • charmie

      Hey Nishant,
      Well Nishant I can’t promise you that whether you’ll be able to eat them or not, and if in case you can eat them, definitely I cannot promise you that you’ll be able to digest it or not..!! 😛 Till these disks comes into the picture you have to compromise with “PULSES” as a protein source..!! 😛

      Anyways, thank you so much for your beautiful complements..!! 🙂
      Stay updated, stay rocking..!! 😛


    • charmie

      Hey Raj,

      Thank you so much for sparing time to read and most importantly dropping your comments in here. Thank you very much. Stay updated, keep visiting..!! 🙂


    • Charmie

      Hey Jignesh,
      Glad to get such great views and feedback for our writings and our site as well. Thank you so much for complementing us. Thanks a lot for your blessings and wishings.

      Keep visiting. Stay rocking. 😉

      Charmie 😛

  3. Harleena Singh

    Hi Charmie,

    This sounds interesting indeed 🙂

    All I ever know about protein was that we need to include it in our diet and it brings a nice shine to our hair too…but protein coated disk is something new that I’m hearing!

    Yes, if this concept does really take shape, it would change a lot at the way we see disks now.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day ahead 🙂

    • Charmie

      Dear Ma’am,
      Hehehe yes you are absolutely right..!! I guess with the advent of such a concept we will require to change our way of looking towards “Proteins” 😛 .
      Thank you so much for being here.

      Keep blessing. Stay Updated. 😛 🙂


  4. Charmie

    Yes Abhishek,
    As far as I know they are going to use the proteins of plants only. I second your thoughts.
    Thank you so much for sparing time to read.
    Keep visiting. Stay Updated. 🙂
    Charmie 🙂

  5. Charmie

    Hey Anshdeep,

    Glad to find one more new reader for my articles. Pleased and happy to get your time for reading this piece of work and most importantly your acknowledgements.

    Stay connected. Stay updated.
    Good luck.

  6. Neamat Tawadrous

    Hi Charmie,

    That’s really interesting!

    Like Harleena, all I knew about protein and its benefits for our health in our diet and as you mentioned it is good for our hair too but I never heard or expected to have protein coated disks one day. LOL.

    Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

    Be Blessed,


    • Charmie

      Hello ma’am again, I was waiting for your views to be here and lo-and-behold I got it. 🙂
      Thank you so very much for sparing your valuable time reading this and leaving behind your comments. 🙂

      Stay Updated.
      Keep blessing.

      Charmie 😛 🙂

  7. Jordan Singh

    Hello Charmie,

    “protein coated disk” technology seems like an amazing tech which we used to watch in some sci-fi movies. I like to know about advance tech always and its habituated to browse all the newly invented tech.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Charmie

      Yes of-course, it is really going to be an adventurous ride towards an era to begin. Hope to see this happen soon. Thanks for sharing your time with us. 🙂


  8. Suresh Khanal

    Hi Charmie Prajapati,

    This is really an interesting news. I’d read in school that fifth generation computers will use genetically engineered protein molecules as processors and the evolution appears to heading to that direction. It will revolutionize the technology and its applications. But yes, the security has to be better cared.

    • Charmie

      Hello Suresh,

      Yes I too was amazed and interested when I heard about it for the first time. I second your thoughts, that whenever this thing will come into the picture it will change the whole scenario of how do we look upon to the storage of our data. 🙂
      Thank you so much for dropping your complements and views in here. 🙂


  9. marilyn cada

    i hope protein coated disk will be distributed to the masses as soon as possible. i feel excited about it. i would be able to store files from my DVDs in just one disk 🙂

    • Charmie

      Dear Marilyn,
      First of all welcome to our blog. We also hope for the same and are equally excited to see this thing happen. 🙂

      Thank you so much for being here with us in the discussion.
      Keep Visiting. Stay Connected. 🙂


  10. Nwosu Desmond

    The internet is growing constantly and this growth requires sustenance and technology is as well advancing. Information is also growing in sizes and requires a more trusted and bigger memory to save, i am surprised to read about protein coated disks . Thanks for the enlightenment.

    • Charmie

      Hey Nwosu,

      I agree to your vision that demands are going to grow with growing time. Its surely going to need something like this for the long run. 🙂
      Thank you so much for being here as a part of inputs. 🙂

      Stay connected. Keep Rocking. 🙂 😛


  11. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Charmie,

    So now I can eat my disk, gain muscle mass and be current, tech-wise? lol…

    This one threw me off at first. Quite amazing, the idea of technology, and how quickly things change.

    Thanks for enlightening me 😉


    • Charmie

      Hey Ryan,
      Ofcourse you may proceed with your new idea of being a muscular man. 😛 lol
      Yes ofcourse this idea has enlightened all of us towards a brighter future.

      Thank you so much for being here.

      Charmie 🙂

    • Charmie

      Hey Shameem,
      Glad to find here reading my article and acknowledging it.
      Thank you so so much for being here.

      Stay updated. Stay connected. 😛 🙂


  12. Mayura

    Hey Charmie,

    Interesting story up here 😉

    Innovation is everywhere and you never know when it will change the World. Love the concept of protein coated disks and hmm… I’m just wondering about durability of such discs though 🙂

    However, I guess it will be costy as the protein is genetically engineered. May be starts with high-end computer systems. Well, I’m not fond of chemistry, neither biology though 😀 lol…

    Thanks for sharing about this interesting news dear 🙂


  13. Charmie

    Hey Mayura,
    Yes definately, technology is pacing at a peak rate and especially now we are involving the biology too for our new creations in the field of computers and digital world.

    Well, factors like durability will come into the picture only once when they are out into the maarkets.
    So lets hope for a revolution.

    Thank you so much for your inputs.

    Charmie 😛 🙂

  14. Michael

    Protein in disk… I am a Microbiology student and I never thought that something like this can happen lol. This is soo interesting and special thanks for sharing it.

  15. Joanna V.

    Hi there Charmie! What a vibrant news article and especially in the way you present it. It is the first time I hear about “Protein Coated Disks” and I must confess it sounds very promising.. As all things nano anyway!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best regards,

  16. Argi

    This is new and intriguing to know Charmie. Protein coated disks? Technology never stops to amaze me. Hard disks already sound obsolete to me 🙂

  17. Roshan

    Today come to know about something new.i was Not aware about this thing “Protein Coated Disk”. Thanx for sharing something new than others with us.Found this realy usefull.
    Thank you

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