Tech Giants Look to the Cloud for Future Genome Data Research

November 13, 2014 in News

Several technology giants — including Google — are working to create genomic databases stored on the cloud for research purposes, MIT Technology Review reports.

Google’s project, called Google Genomics, launched in March and allows scientists to move DNA data to the cloud where they can conduct experiments on all of the genomes stored in the database, comparing thousands of genomes at once (Regalado, MIT Technology Review, 11/6).

The database has at least 3,500 genomes from public projects, and Google charges $25 annually for researchers to store genomic data on its servers (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 11/10).

David Glazer, the software engineer of the project, said the purpose of the database is to “apply breakthroughs in data technology to help with” the transition “from studying one genome at a time to studying millions” to achieve further medical innovations.

According to the MIT Technology Review, other companies considering cloud-based genome databases include:

  • Amazon;
  • IBM; and
  • Microsoft (MIT Technology Review, 11/6).
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