June 25, 2015
Scientists from MIT and Harvard have found a new partner in their bid to discover cures for cancer and diabetes: Google.
The Broad Institute, a Massachusettes biomedical and genomic research center that partners with the two schools, will be using Google’s cloud platform to store, analyze and share research data.
The platform, known as Google Genomics, was created to aid the life science community to better organize and access genomic information. Google Genomics uses some of the same technologies that power Google services such as Search and Maps.
“Broad and Google will work together to explore how to build new tools and find new insights to propel biomedical research, using deep bioinformatics expertise, powerful analytics, and massive computing infrastructure,” Google Genomics product manager Jonathan Bingham said in a blog post.
Bingham said the partnership would enable the development of tools and services that would better enable scientists to uncover biological insights.
Broad Institute president and director Eric Lander agreed.
“Large-scale genomic information is accelerating scientific progress in cancer, diabetes, psychiatric disorders and many other diseases,” Lander said. “Storing, analyzing and managing these data is becoming a critical challenge for biomedical researchers. We are excited to work with Google’s talented and experienced engineers to develop ways to empower researchers around the world by making it easier to access and use genomic information.”
The first fruits of the partnership is the Broad Institute GATK on Google Cloud Platform, a managed service currently in alpha release to a limited set of users.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.