Google and Broad Institute make genomic analysis a cloud service


Genetic researchers will now be able to use the Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit as a service running on the Google Cloud Platform. The software, also known as GATK, paired with Google’s massive cloud, can quickly process genomic processing data.

The toolkit was already available as a free download and the institute, backed by MIT and Harvard University, will continue to support it whether scientists run it in their own facilities, another cloud or on the Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] cloud. The Cambridge, Mass.-based Broad Institute has aggregated the world’s largest collection of genetic data about diseases.

The advent of massive-scale public clouds has huge potential benefits for scientific and medical researchers who need to run (and re-run) huge data analysis. In the past such researchers would often have to sign up for and wait for time on a supercomputer, which can take weeks or even months.

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