1000 genomes on Amazon's cloud

The world's largest data set on human genetic variation, the 1000 Genomes Project, is now available for free through Amazon Web Services. The arrangement with Amazon, spearheaded through the US National Institutes of Health, makes data from sequencing the genomes of more than 1,700 people accessible through Amazon's cloud. Any scientist with an internet connection will be able to access all 200 terabytes of the data set in the cloud, avoiding the need to acquire additional bandwidth or data storage capacity. “It's a very large amount of data,” says William Spooner, chief technology officer at Cambridge, UK–based Eagle Genomics, which provides bioinformatics services for mining genomics data.