Next for Google: big autism project

December 10, 2014 4:58 PM

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Next for Google: big autism project

To learn more about the genetics behind autism, researchers are planning to sequence the genomes of thousands of people—and they've enlisted a partner who knows a thing or two about sifting through scads of data.

Using its Genomics tool, Google will host on its servers and index the huge volumes of data involved; a human genome can fill up 100 gigabytes of space, and researchers will investigate those of 10,000 individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their relatives, Wired reports.

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