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Kern Systems

Kern Systems

Kern Systems is a company developing processes to accelerate, simplify, and reduce the cost of DNA synthesis and storage of digital data in DNA.

Kern Systems is developing a scalable DNA data storage infrastructure. The suggested types applications for their DNA data storage would include precious personal data, forensic data storage molecule for traceable quality control in food, textiles or pharmaceuticals, and big data. 



Co-Founder and CEO Henry H. Lee has systems and synthetic biology expertise and developed the first demonstration of enzymatic DNA synthesis for data storage at Harvard Medical School. Co-Founder George M. Church is a Harvard/MIT professor who made foundational contributions to DNA sequencing and researches in the areas of synthetic biology and genome engineering. 



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June 3, 2019

Terminator-free template-independent enzymatic DNA synthesis for digital information storage

Henry H. Lee, Reza Kalhor, Naveen Goela, Jean Bolot & George M. Church

Nature Communicationsvolume 10, Article number: 2383 (2019)

A kinetically controlled system is described that uses TdT to catalyze the linkage of naturally occurring nucleoside triphosphates (dNTPs) to synthesize customized DNA strands with short homopolymeric extensions. Information is encoded in transitions between non-identical nucleotides, rather then in each nucleotide. A codec was devised and demonstrated to support accurate data retrieval from imperfectly synthesized strands and mathematically evaluate the parameters affecting the storage capacity of the system. DNA strands are synthesized that carry 144 bits.

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George Church

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Henry Lee

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Molecular digital data storage using DNA



Luis Ceze, Jeff Nivala, Karin Strauss

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May 8, 2019

Save it in DNA

Eriona Hysolli

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August 6, 2019

Your future DNA hard drive will use enzymes

Kostas Vavitsas



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July 8, 2019

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