Cloud-Based Genomics

An academic-commercial partnership launches the largest cloud-based genomics project to date.

kerry grens
Kerry Grens

Kerry served as The Scientist’s news director until 2021. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at...

View full profile.


Learn about our editorial policies.

Oct 28, 2013

WIKIMEDIA, VLADIMER SHIOSHVILIBaylor College of Medicine's Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) is looking to the cloud for large-scale genomic analyses. According to a press release from Baylor, a collaboration between the university, DNAnexus, and Amazon Web Services is the largest cloud-based genomics effort date, having sequenced and stored 3,751 whole human genomes and 10,771 exomes. “In terms of analysis, the future of genomic research and genomic medicine is in the cloud. We are very much going towards more computing and not less,” Jeffrey Reid, an assistant professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, said in the release.

The genomics collaborative, executed with next-generation sequencing, aims to find genetic variants that relate to heart disease and aging. More than 300 researchers have access to the HIPAA-certified data—all 440 terabytes of it.

“Having access to this much data was unique,” said Reid in a press release. Most universities don't have...

 

Interested in reading more?

Cloud-Based Genomics

The Scientist ARCHIVED CONTENT

ACCESS MORE THAN 30,000 ARTICLES ACROSS MANY TOPICS AND DISCIPLINES

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archived stories, digital editions of The Scientist Magazine, and much more!
Already a member?