With Google Genomics you can store copies of your genome in the cloud. Goolge started working on this particular moonshot about a year and a half ago, partnering with scientists and developing an API that allows them to move DNA data into its servers.
In terms of raw data, a single person’s genome weighs in at around 100 gigabytes in size, according toTechnology Review, with a refined version of a human’s genetic code being just under a gigabyte. With this scientists hope to save lifes by running virtual experiences with the informations stored in the database. So as you can imagine just a simple Google Drive wouldn’t do.
Google charges $25 a year to store a single genome and the price starts to go up when scientists decide to do experiments with its data.
“Our bird’s eye view is that if I were to get lung cancer in the future, doctors are going to sequence my genome and my tumor’s genome, and then query them against a database of 50 million other genomes,” explained Deniz Kural, CEO of Seven Bridges, which stores genome data in Amazon’s cloud setup. “The result will be ‘Hey, here’s the drug that will work best for you.’ “
Genome cloud data is already becoming big business, with Google currently competing with industry heavyweights like Amazon and IBM for the privilege to store a company’s medical intel.