Canadians lead in transforming genomic data into knowledge to drive medical innovations

Compute Canada and CANARIE, two critical components of Canada’s national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the launch of GenAP, a tool that enables Canadian researchers to easily access and use genomic data to advance our knowledge of human health and disease.

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​Compute Canada and CANARIE, two critical components of Canada’s national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the launch of GenAP​, a tool that enables Canadian researchers to easily access and use genomic data to advance our knowledge of human health and disease.

While data from human genomes is an extraordinarily rich resource for researchers and physicians, the size of the datasets is daunting. Recent predictions estimate that fast machines for DNA sequencing will be capable of producing 85 petabytes of data this year worldwide. For comparison, all the master copies of movies held by Netflix take up 2.6 petabytes of storage. Further, the complexity of the datasets, combined with 1 stringent privacy and confidentiality requirements, creates an environment in which the power of genomic data demands an equally powerful access and processing environment.

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