Amazon Web Services is helping the Study of Genomics Data

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Amazon Web Services is helping The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) store and protect their genome data. The tech giant Amazon is using their cloud based systems to help sotre Petabytes (1,000 Terabytes) worth of information to store the data, compute and analyze. In 2015, Singapore witnessed an outbreak of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) that came from raw fish. The researchers at GIS sequenced genomic DNA to tell the difference between strains of GBS and managed to control the outbreak. “We did genomics. The strain of Group B Streptococcus was found both in human patients and, at the same time, we found it in fish that was sold at the food stalls,” Chen said. GIS has more than 300 trainees, scientists and staff working around the clock, with cloud computing allowing them to decode the uniform data faster than ever.  “If you have a disease that you have never seen, that’s very scary. How are you going to figure that out? How will you figure out that this is a totally new virus or totally new bacteria? In the past, we would have to grow that bacteria, we would have to grow that virus. Now we can sequence the whole thing,” Chen said. “We’re always seeking new partners. If we can help each other, then that just makes sense,” he added.

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