Friday, March 30, 2012

Huge Genetic Data Set Open To Public

Robeznieks, Andis and Christine LaFave Grace. “Huge Genetic Data Set Open To Public.” Modern Healthcare, March 29, 2012.

From the article: "Researchers worldwide now have public access to an enormous database of information on human genetic variation, officials from the National Institutes of Health and a public-private research collaboration announced Thursday. The database was produced by the 1000 Genomes Project, an international research consortium started in 2008 and supported by the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and numerous not-for-profit institutes and genetic-research companies. It represents the "world's largest set of data on human genetic variation," according to an NIH news release.

NIH officials and Amazon Web Services representatives announced the data set's availability at an event hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington. Also at the event, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of the public-private Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which will commit more than $200 million and the resources of at least six federal agencies, including the NIH and the Energy and Defense departments, to develop technologies needed to analyze large data sets, according to the release." Read more

See Also
Tom. Big Data is a Big Deal.” Office of Science and Technology Policy, March 29, 2012.

Press release, “1000 Genomes Project data available on Amazon Cloud.” National Human Genome Research Institute, March 29, 2012.