The biological functions of DNA are mediated by specific proteins that interact with it.
The DNA molecule is a long polymer made from repeating units called nucleotides. DNA-binding proteins attach to them by finding specific binding sites amongst those nucleotides. That is how many key biological functions take place.
Each node in our network contains sequences of motifs playing the role of those binding sites. Our token ARES also contains motifs, unique to each one like a fingerprint, that target specific binding sites in the nodes.
The tokens locate their targets to (cryptographically) attach to a specific node. At that stage is when they become recognized by the network.
ARES tokens are built from of fibers held together as a geometric object, in the same way threads make a piece of cloth. The pattern and even shape each token (the cloth) depends on the number and type of assets (the fibers) that have been registered in it. Why? Because each user has its own portfolio of assets, let alone assets they might be willing to tokenize. That is why no two tokens will necessarily be the same, yet they would be able to coexist (and exchange information between them, transact) on the same platform.
There is no need for side-chains, parallel channels or separate ad-hoc interfaces.
A proprietary encryption protocol uses those motifs to mediate the binding of the tokens to the platform, and the secure exchange of information between tokens.