Amazon Web services to help GIS with genomics data storage

Genome Institute of SingaporeTo store data for genome analytics, which runs in petabytes, Amazon Web Services is helping Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) to store it in cloud space.


Thats human data, thus, we have strong security protocols in place to secure it and AWS is helping us with that, said Swaine Chen, Professor and Senior Research Scientist at GIS.

AWS is helping GIS in data storage, computation, and analysation and extracting useful insights from it.

It is cheaper to go with AWS rather than to set-up our own data facility and we will use it for storage and compute and also for collaboration and sharing data with partners, Chen added.


The GIS has more than 300 scientists, trainees and staff and Cloud computing is enabling the institution to decode the humongous data faster.

The researchers at GIS sequenced genomic DNA to tell the difference between strains of GBS and managed to control the outbreak, when Singapore witnessed it of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) that came from raw fish in 2015.

GIS is also open to collaborate with the Indian institutions. We are very open to supporting countries in the region as well as globally. India is witnessing new diseases and we can help with genomics, he added.

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