Applied Biosystems and Geospiza Team Up to Offer Genetic Analysis on Amazon Web Services
News Apr 30, 2009
Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, and Geospiza, Inc. has announced the launch of a next-generation genetic analysis solution to meet the computational infrastructure and analysis challenges of customers using advanced genomic analysis platforms.
The organizations are combining forces to offer the life science industry’s first jointly offered genomic analysis cloud-computing solution, which is an approach to computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtual resources are provided as a service over the Internet. This offering leverages the web-scale infrastructure from Amazon Web Services.
A solution of this nature is significant because a great number of scientists using next-generation sequencing platforms face significant challenges with the vast amounts of sequencing data generated by these systems, requiring many hours and computing resources to manage, distribute and analyze the data. This solution solves many of these challenges, by allowing scientists to easily transfer their data to the data centre, manage and store their data, as well as access bioinformatic software tools to analyze their data.
The combination of Amazon Web Services and Geospiza will enable scientists using the SOLiD System, Applied Biosystems’ platform for next-generation genomic analysis, to access the most current analysis technologies in real time.
Using the massive processing capacity of Amazon Web Services, scientists using the SOLiD System will be able to access the Applied Biosystems mapping tool for sequencing reads that is offered with Geospiza’s genetic analysis software, GeneSifter®. Geospiza, a member of the Applied Biosystems SOLiD Software.