Google has now taken a further step forward in healthcare technology. With an aim to explore genetic variation interactively, Google has made a Google Drive to store genomes called ‘Google Genomics‘. Now, the company is approaching to university labs and hospitals for storing their clients’ genomes in the drive to keep further research up in the cloud.
Google Genomics cloud computing service was originally launched last year but didn’t get much attention. The platform allows researchers to access millions of genomes and run batch analyses. The service cost is USD 25 a year for storing a single genome and extra charges for doing computations on that data. A single person’s genome is about 100 gigabytes in size, although a polished version of a person’s genetic code is less than a gigabyte. At that point, Google costs USD .25 cents a year for storing that in its cloud computing system.
Google software engineer David Glazer said that with the help of Google Genomics researchers can compare millions of Genome at once and multiply their discoveries in the process. “We saw biologists moving from studying one genome at a time to studying millions,” said David Glazer. “The opportunity is how to apply breakthroughs in data technology to help with this transition.”
Last month, The Institute for Systems Biology has teamed up with Google to put cancer genome research up in the cloud and it will pay USD 19 million to upload copies of its 2.6 petabyte Cancer Genome Atlas on Google Genomics.
Google is also working on a wearable device that integrate with nanotechnology to attract and count the particles or detect disease with in the body, as a monitoring tool. At the Wall Street Journal Digital conference, Google Inc. discussed its latest project to design tiny magnetic particles to diagnose health issues like cancer or heart disease.