Building a Human – The 200-terabyte Construction Manual in the Cloud

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over at Wired Magazine writes that Amazon is taking genomics to the Cloud in a big way:

What do you do with a 200-terabyte instruction manual that tells you how to build a human? You put it on a cloud. That’s what Amazon and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have done with the 1000Genomes project, using Amazon’s S3 storage service to offer over 1,700 human genomes to genetics researchers across the globe. “This is what allows us to drive more complex maps of how genes interact with each other and their environment and zoom in on areas that may have a role to play in human health and disease,” says Matt Wood, who oversees Amazon’s side of the project and holds a PhD in bioinformatics. “This is the seed to create a tree of data.”

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