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The 1000 Genomes Project data from is now publicly available at Amazon Web Services, announced the US National Institutes of Health and Amazon. "The move to put the data up on ... Amazon Web Services, aims to help speed up access to the research. Previously, researchers had to download data from government data centers or their own systems, or even snail mail it on discs," notes Sarah Perez at Tech Crunch. The data set currently includes the full genomes of 1,700 people — taking up 200 terabytes — and aims to include 2,662 people from 26 populations, Amazon adds. The company is storing the data for free, though researchers will have to pay for any additional resources they need to analyze the data.

NIH adds that the project is a model for a new big data initiative announced by the White House. The 'Big Data Research and Development Initiative' includes $200 million across six federal agencies to support large amounts of data, including a joint venture between NIH and the National Science Foundation.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.