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Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All


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Downloading massive amounts of data from centralized warehouses to conduct research can take takes days or weeks.

A team co-led by a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist has created a cloud-based platform that grants researchers easy access to one of the world's largest genomics databases.

Known as AnVIL, the platform gives any researcher with an Internet connection access to thousands of analysis tools, patient records, and more than 300,000 genomes. The work is described in "Inverting the Model of Genomics Data Sharing with the NHGRI Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-Space,"  published in the journal Cell Genomics.

"AnVIL is inverting the model of genomics data sharing," says project co-leader Michael Schatz, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of computer science and biology at Johns Hopkins. Instead of having researchers download massive amounts of data from centralized warehouses to their own data centers, "we allow researchers to effortlessly move to the data in the cloud," he says.

AnVIL is currently built on the Google Cloud Platform to enable massive scalability and capacity for users within a robustly established security perimeter authorized for the storage and analysis of controlled access datasets.

From Johns Hopkins University
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