U.K. groups building genomic cloud

Genomic data is talked about frequently as a groundbreaking way to study and diagnose disease, but the reality is that the information is still beyond the reach of many researchers and clinicians who could be making use of it. Enter U.K. bioinformatics firm Eagle Genomics, which is part of a new effort to make vast stores of genomic data easily and rapidly available with cloud computing technology to speed investigations of illnesses and treatments.

With support from the U.K. government, businesses and academics, the £500,000 ($793,000) project aims to move data from sequenced and analyzed genes to a cloud system in a matter of weeks rather than the months it can now take to do this, according to Eagle. The U.K.'s national health system lacks this capability. And Eagle's work on the project will incorporate the Taverna software from Prof. Carole Goble's lab at the University of Manchester, adapting the technology to enable "non-IT" types in clinics and labs to make use of it.

"Taverna is ideal for this project because it allows you to systematically automate the analysis processes of expert geneticists and make them easily available for other to use at the press of a button," Prof. Andy Brass of The University of Manchester, said in a statement.

Work on the genetic cloud system began in July and is expected to become functional by December 2012, according to Eagle.

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