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UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, Amazon Web Services Partner to Speed up Data Analysis

NEW YORK – The University of California, Santa Cruz Genomics Institute said on Monday that it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to integrate the Dockstore platform with the new Amazon Genomics Command Line Interface.

The UCSC Genomics Institute worked with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research to lead development of Dockstore, an open platform that allows bioinformatics researchers to share Docker-based genomics workflows. It was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, so it must follow the FAIR principles of being findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

The integration of Dockstore with the new open-source Amazon Genomics CLI for genomics and life sciences organizations will allow fast deployment of Dockstore workflows on the AWS cloud, according to the university. Amazon Genomics CLI also supports Cromwell, miniWDL, Nextflow, and SnakeMake workflows.

"Our new collaboration with UCSC allows quick utilization of existing bioinformatics workflows via the Dockstore repository, and will further enhance the opportunities for computational biologists to rapidly ramp up new research directions while using AWS's proven global infrastructure," Taha Kass-Hout, director of machine learning at Amazon Web Services, said in a statement.

The UCSC Genomics Institute already runs most of its workflows on the AWS cloud.