June 4, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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It’s a milestone on the path to personalized medicine and an example of how integrated health informatics will give clinicians real-time access to unlimited amounts of medical data. The 1000 Genomes Project announced in recent months that “the world’s largest set of data on human variation” is now available on the Amazon Web Services cloud for public access. Founded in 2008, the public/private collaboration of the 1000 Genomes Project is creating a detailed map of human genetic variation. It intends to sequence the genomes of more than 2,600 people from 26 populations around the world. The data now available on the cloud is comprised of sequencing information for 1,700 people. Plans are to sequence the other 900 people during 2012.

More ON: Genomes

Laboratory professionals, researchers, and the public can access this genome data at: www.1000genomes.org. The volume of data is substantial. Currently at 200 terabytes, that volume of data represents 30,000 standard DVDs. Pathologists involved in molecular research can access this data. Project organizers stated that “cloud access also enables users to analyze the data much more quickly, as it eliminates the time-consuming download of data and because users can run their analyses over many servers at once.”

TRANSITIONS

  •  Atlas Development Corporation, of Calabasas, California, appointed Aron Seidman as Vice President of Product Management. In his career, Seidman has served at MedPlus, the informatics business of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, CGS Systems International, Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
  • Vermillion, Inc., of Austin, Texas, nominated Paul R. Sohmer, M.D., for election to its board of directors at an upcoming shareholder meeting. Sohmer is currently President and CEO of Viracor-IBT Laboratories, Inc. He has held executive positions with TriPath Imaging, Neuromedical Systems, Genetrix, Nichols Institute, Pathology Institute, and Chiron Reference Laboratory.

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…a $900 genetic sequencing system that plugs into a USB port of a computer and can sequence up to 5,000 base pairs without the need for DNA amplification and expensive reagents. Oxford Nanopore Technologies developed the system and hopes to bring it to market within 12 months.

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