1000 genomes in the cloud thanks to Amazon

5 April 2012

Data from the 1000 Genomes Project has been released via Amazon Web Services (AWS), making the largest free human genetics data resource currently available for public access.

The international research project has compiled more than 2,600 different complete human genome sequences from 26 different populations to date, of which more than 1,700 are already available via the cloud-based AMS system.
The collaboration is intended to make it faster and easier for researchers to access and analyse the very large quantities of data, which hitherto has required lengthy computer downloads and software run from the individual research bases, thanks to cloud access.
1000 Genomes Project co-director Dr Paul Flicek explained: "Providing cloud access will expand the universe of researchers who have access to the data, which fulfills a central goal of the 1000 Genomes Project to make the data as widely available as possible to accelerate medical discoveries…Cloud availability will also enable other uses with constraints on computing power, such as for bioinformatics education".
Comment: Part of the new US Big Data Research and Development Initiative, this is a great example of how technological advances in genome sequencing capacity demand simultaneous innovation in computing to keep pace with the information being generated.