September 28, 2010
A startup called SeqCentral has stated its goal to democratize science by using the cloud for genetic alignment of DNA sequences, which is a critical stage during genetic research wherein sequences are examined for similarities.
Genetic sequencing creates massive amounts of data and supercomputer capacity, thus making the prospect of entering the space where this data is required nothing short of prohibitive from a cost standpoint. Furthermore, there is no ability for scientists to effective share their data across platforms for comparison. With SeqCentral, it is possible to upload genetic sequence data to the cloud and thereby compare your own with others who are working on genomic sequencing projects on the platform.
Part of the democratization is in the price point, which the new company claims will be at $99 per year, thus making it possible for far more smaller research and development companies to take advantage of computational resources that would otherwise be off limits.
The company’s CEO suggests that the complexity of maintaining a system agile and powerful enough to crunch genetic sequencing data is removed, thereby allowing scientists to concentrate on their research rather than haggling with machines.
Full story at TechCrunch
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