Doctors also can use a tumor's specific genetic makeup to find the best treatment to kill it.
This personalized medicine requires compute power, the ability to store massive data loads, and the ability for doctors and researchers around the globe to feed information into it and share it.
The cloud computing increasingly is the answer that researchers are turning to.
For the Broad Institute and Google, their first joint project is a managed service that makes the Genome Analysis Toolkit available on the Google cloud platform, enabling a limited set of users to convert raw genomic data into information about genetic variants. The institute's Genome Analysis Toolkit will use Google Genomics, the company's cloud service for life sciences research.
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