On April 20, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted a request for information (RFI) for Molecular Information Storage II (MIST II). Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 26.

IARPA seeks information regarding molecular-scale data storage and archiving. IARPA is investigating faster, better, cheaper ways to store data. In particular, IARPA seeks to understand the current technological landscape for writing and reading data using DNA as the storage media. IARPA also wants to explore the processes that need to be implemented to successfully use DNA-based tera- / exa-byte archives with error rates similar to or better than current storage technologies.

The need for data storage is increasing exponentially, along with its cost in energy and money. This RFI aims at surveying the state-of-the-art technologies in terms of synthesizing and sequencing oligonucleotides. IARPA is particularly interested in technologies with the potential ability to synthesizing/sequencing hundreds of billions of oligonucleotides in parallel, with a minimal length of 150 nucleotides. IARPA is also interested in setting up the right archival environment for DNA storage and information retrieval.

Responses to this RFI are due no later than May 26, 2023, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.  Inquiries to this RFI must be submitted no later than April 28, 2023, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Do not send questions with proprietary content.

Review the full IARPA MIST II RFI.

Source: SAM

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