Toshiba uses quantum cryptography to send genome data

Personal genetic information is highly protected in Japan and can only be transmitted under extremely secure method. © Reuters

Toshiba and Tohoku University have achieved what they call the world’s first use of quantum cryptography to transmit genome sequence data.

The information, collected from 24 people in a Toshiba-Tohoku project, was transmitted roughly 7 km over cables between a company site and the university in Miyagi Prefecture during a test last summer.

Unlike current quantum computing technology, which often requires temperatures near absolute zero, Toshiba’s encryption equipment can operate at room temperature. (Reuters)

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