The DeBio development team has been working hard on migrating our services from the previously Ethereum network to our own Substrate-based blockchain. As we want to make use of the Polkadot ecosystem with its relay chains. We use Substrate because of the features it enables, such as para chains and relay chains. Security was one of the main reasons behind our migration. We believe that this technology can help improve the security of our ledger by inheriting the security of the connected relay chain.
We originally intended to connect our para chain to the Rococo Testnet by May 2021. But after careful considerations, we decided it would be best to move to the Octopus network. DeBio Network has been in contact with the Octopus network team for some months now. We believe that the Octopus network is the right solution for our use case.
The Octopus network is based on the NEAR protocol. One of the reasons we moved is in relation to Polkadot, NEAR offers app chains with a significantly cheaper security lease. Polkadot originally limits 100 para chain slots to connect to its’ relay chain with less than 10 available slots remaining this year. The Octopus network does not have this limitation.
NEAR intends its’ system to solve the problem of blockchain scalability and user-friendliness. Dropoff rates increase when the end-users perception of our application overcomplicated, thus it is paramount that we give a user-friendly experience. Furthermore, a complicated system design also doesn’t help the developers as some might find the process of creating and maintaining their applications endlessly frustrating. The aim should be to give a sense of familiarity during the development process. Developers should be able to add features intuitively while not compromising the application’s security.
It also helps to note that the NEAR protocol is a climate-neutral product. Last April, it was announced that South Pole, the leading low-carbon project developer, and climate solutions provider, assessed the NEAR Protocol’s carbon footprint. It was found that the NEAR Protocol had a tiny footprint, and this analysis has encompassed either direct or indirect emissions associated with the NEAR Protocol.
The NEAR Protocol was able to have a tiny carbon footprint because similarly to Polkadot and other Substrate-based blockchains it implements the proof-of-stake protocol instead of proof-of-work.
NEAR also claims that its’ technical design is heavily focused on creating the world’s most usable and scalable decentralized platform. Being backed by one of the world’s most ambitious projects, the DeBio team is confident that our solution would be one of great innovation and technical expertise.
In conclusion, we believe our key partnership with the Octopus network is filled with opportunities, and we are looking forward to working with them.
About DeBio Network
DeBio Network is an anonymous-first, decentralized platform for medical and bioinformatics data.
We are building a decentralized platform for your personal medical needs, starting with genetics. Our concept allows synergy between labs of all scales while guaranteeing user anonymity and sovereignty at every step of the genomic data science workflow — from sample collection, data storage, to report generation.
We here at DeBio fully understand the concern for user anonymity. Some people might say that our DNA is the most private thing we have, and we take that very seriously. Anonymity-first genetic testing should be the number one focus for all companies.