The UK's 100,000 Genome Project reaches the halfway stage


The same four chemical building blocks behind almost all life on earth could one day be used replace traditional computer storage. Genomics England is using a relational database to power the data science behind its ambitious 100,000 Genomics Project. The organisation, which is owned by the UK's Department of Health and Social Care, runs the project, which is sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from patients with rare diseases, along with their families, and also patients with common cancers. The project has now reached its halfway point, with over 50,000 genomes sequenced. By the end of 2018, the 100,000 genomes project will be complete, with more than 20 petabytes of data stored on the project's infrastructure.

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