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Genomics Institute to Offer Remote Data Service

July 29, 2011

Chinese sequencing institute known as BGI (formerly the Beijing Genomics Institute) announced their plans of offering remote cloud computing service. Many research laboratories lack the storage, computing power, and technical knowledge to cope with the present surge of genomic information. According to Cliff Reid, chief executive of Complete Genomics in California, USA, this new service offers a solution since the cloud is going to be central in the entire world of DNA sequencing.

"Cloud computing marshals the power of a network of computers that can be accessed remotely to store and analyze data. Creating a bespoke cloud network to boost the data-crunching power of the Shenzhen-based BGI was a logical move," says Magic Fang, director of the institute's bioinformatics center.

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