Google Genomics Adds MIT And Harvard's Genome Analysis Toolkit

Posted: Jun 24 2015, 7:11am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 25 2015, 8:57am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Google Genomics Adds MIT and Harvard's Genome Analysis Toolkit
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  • Google partners with MIT & Harvard to bring DNA analysis kit on Cloud Platform.

Google has partnered with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard School to launch Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) as an online service.

Today Google announced it has partnered with two schools Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to come up with an online service of GATK. GATK is a Genome Analysis Toolkit software and Google wants to launch its alpha version on Google’s Cloud Platform "Google Genomics".

The GATK software has been developed by the Broad Institute of MIT which aids scientists in sequencing and analysing genomic data quickly, according to TechCrunch.

Once Google launches it alpha version on its Cloud Platform the service will be available to researchers for free, although they will have to acquire the payable services of Google’s Cloud Platform. The service is not viable for business users or companies and they will have to license the product from the Broad Institute.

The GATK software will be launched as part of Google Genomics, which is still a relatively unknown section of Google’s Cloud Platform specialising in life science research. Google Genomics was launched in the first quarter of 2014 but did not receive any hype until now.

DNA sequencing generated copious amounts of data and requires ample resources for analysis. GATK provides scientists and researchers with the confidence their data is being correctly sequences through Artificial Intelligence.

The aim of Google genomics is to make sure scientists have access to genomic information and tools in the most accessible way possible, so science and innovation can be greatly accelerated. 

By using GATK from Google’s Cloud platform researchers do not have to set up computing infrastructure which is time consuming and uses a lot of resources. Google also hinted the partnership between Google and Broad Institute of MIT will not end at releasing GATK and is the first result of the collaboration.

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