Around 200 terabytes of data collected from the 1,000 Genomes Project, which aims to build a detailed map of genetic variation across humans, are now being stored and made freely available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. The service will not only provide researchers with free access to data from more than 1,700 human genome sequences, but it will also relieve individual institutions from the burden of providing their researchers with the internet bandwidth, data storage, and computing capacity necessary for the analysis of the gargantuan data set. Researchers will simply pay for processing and data analysis resources as needed.

"Putting the data in the cloud provides a tremendous opportunity for researchers around the world who want to study large-scale human genetic variation but lack the computer capability to do so," Richard Durbin, co-director of the 1000 Genomes Project, said in a press release.

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