Biotech Updates

1,000 Genomes to Move at Amazon's Cloud

April 4, 2012

The 1,000 Genomes Project is now under Amazon's cloud service for free, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The Project contains genetic information of over a thousand individuals from all over the world, and thus it is the largest database of human genetics. Because of the new hosting service, the data will be easier to access and analyze for use of scientists.

Prior to Amazon hosting, the 200-terabyte data has been available for free at but was paid for bandwidth and storage. Scientists also needed powerful computers to analyze the data. With the computing resources offered by Amazon, data analysis for disease studies would be much more affordable.

This partnership is a part of a new initiative from the Obama administration that will invest USD200 million to find better strategies to store, analyze and find interesting discoveries in tremendously large datasets such as 1,000 Genomes.

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