DNA sequencing is getting more affordable with the day, and Google is the latest company to help this space grow. The search giant is providing parts of its massive infrastructure to researchers looking to advance the field.
A single DNA sequence could take up 100 gigabytes of disk space just to store, and that’s just a start; performing any kind of computational manipulation of such large volumes of data requires powerful computers, and that’s where Google comes in, offering a place to work with DNA sequence data.
Google Genomics is a platform where for $25 the company can whole genome sequence for a year. A million API calls to work on this data costs $1 and includes things like alignment slicing, variant lookups, and dataset management. The [processed] data can be made public for others to use.
“Run batch analyses like principal component analysis and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium on as many samples as you like, in minutes or hours, with just a little code,” the project page reads.
Companies interested to test out the platform can view the code samples and join the discussion about Google Genomics…