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Sanger Institute Joins National Grid Service

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has joined the National Grid Service, a UK initiative that serves as a computational and data resource for the academic research community, NGS said.

The NGS aims to provide electronic access for UK researchers to resources and facilities that their research demands, regardless of the location of the resource or the researcher.

Phil Butcher, the institute's information technology head, said in a statement that the NGS' "distributed grid and virtual compute models are critical to enable global collaboration to collate and analyze" the large amounts of data generated in genomic studies, such as the 1000 Genomes Project and the International Cancer Genome Consortium.

"With regard to very large computational and data handling in the multi-petabyte scale we are following in the footsteps of high energy physicists who have been doing this for many years," Butcher said.

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