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The variant analysis capabilities expand the functionality of the DNAnexus platform, which the company launched last year with the aim of targeting researchers analyzing next-generation sequencing data.

The company announced the new offering, which uses the Amazon cloud infrastructure to analyze and store data, at the annual Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, where a number of speakers debated the pros and cons of cloud-based bioinformatics options.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm recently launched web-based data management and functional genomics-analysis services for users of Illumina and SOLiD sequencers. It hopes to attract customers based on both ease of use and pricing.

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