Google’s new service offers everyone who wants to keep its genome decoded in the cloud. This information will help scientists develop new drugs.
On the Internet you can now store not only photos and text documents. For the past year and a half Google is developing a service that will store a digital copy of the human genome. Cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox for this purpose are not suitable – such information occupies a lot of space: according to the publication of Tecnology Review genome of one man is equivalent to 100 GB.
Google will be able to save the human genome on the Internet
The project plan is that all the information will be stored online, in large clouds, which will have access geneticist. They will be able on the basis of the available data to conduct virtual experiments, which, hopefully, will help them to develop new and effective treatments for genetic diseases.
The cost of placing the human genome on Google is $ 25 per year. Plus have to pay a certain amount in order to get to that data full access.
The principle of operation of the project can be described as follows. Suppose a man whose genome is stored in the cloud, fell ill with lung cancer. Scientists will be able to decode the genome of the tumor, to compare it with “healthy” genome data and another 50 million people. As a result, they will be able to find a treatment that is perfectly right for this particular person.
It should say to keep their genome in the cloud, it needs to be sequenced – Google does not do so. This procedure can be done in special clinics, but it costs quite expensive.