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It's an adjective I think. As in "The genetic code can be said to be (blank) because multiple codons can code for the same amino acid" or "My database is (blank) because it keeps multiple copies of critical files in case one is corrupted"

Hint: "backup" isn't the word I'm looking for.

Thanks folks.

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    Your two examples are of different things. The genetic code is said to be redundant because different base sequences can code for the same amino acid. In real-time computing, critical information like your database, is said to be duplexed (of course, that's only two) or mirrored. – deadrat Oct 17 '15 at 3:57
  • THATS THE WORD!!! I was having such a hard time remembering the word redundant. Also, TIL on the database thing. – HatesWordBlocksThisMuch Oct 17 '15 at 4:25
  • I understand that redundant is what you were looking for, but fault-tolerant also fits so I'll throw it out there. – Jim Oct 17 '15 at 7:48
  • I'm about to answer redundant but saw the comments... Why isn't it an answer? – RemarkLima Oct 17 '15 at 10:47
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As posted in the comments by @deadrat;

Redundant

Points 4 or 5 below

redundant (rɪˈdʌndənt) adj

  1. surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous
  2. verbose or tautological
  3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) deprived of one's job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operation: he has been made redundant.
  4. (General Engineering) (of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc
  5. (Electronics) (of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc

For you specific examples:

The genetic code can be said to be redundant because multiple codons can code for the same amino acid

My database is redundant [has redundancy] because it keeps multiple copies of critical files in case one is corrupted

NB: I'll delete this answer if @deadrat posts the same!

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