Genomics and Cloud Data

Posted by Alex Slotnick on Sep 2, 2015 11:42:00 AM
Here's a pretty exciting news item, in terms of databases in the wider world being used in big ways.
Helix, a New Gene Sequencing Venture, Aims to Create Digital Hub for Genomics, Michael J. de la Merced, August 18, 2015

From the article:
Instead, Illumina — whose technology underpins companies like 23andMe and Color Genomics — and its fellow investors are hoping to make it easier for third parties to sequence customers’ genes and then provide a host of analytical offerings . . . The venture will use Illumina’s technology to sequence customers’ genetic information, and then place that data in the cloud and make it available to partners.

Of course, DNA is nature's database, and we think the intersection of technological data with biological data is extremely cool. Especially when it's this ambitious.

There's a lot to keep up with in the development of the genomics industry, and we're interested to see where it all goes. In this case in particular, we wonder how privacy will be handled and just how open such a central database for DNA could possibly be. (And, naturally, we've got to wonder: how is it all being monitored and managed?)

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