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Verne Global Data Center in Iceland

The recent decision by a top UK research institute to outsource its data storage to a lower-cost, clean energy facility in Iceland has observers taking notice.

Microsoft and the University of Washington researchers encode 200 megabytes of data in DNA.

Companies vie to manage genomic data, the Economist reports.

The company's software is able to reduce sequence file sizes by up to fivefold, in turn reducing storage costs four- to fivefold.

IBM technology implemented at the center includes an IBM XIV Storage System, the IBM Tivoli Maximo asset management system, the IBM Tivoli Netcool operations management software, and IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition.

Panasas is targeting its latest release towards life science groups with data-intensive applications who could deploy ActiveStor 11 as part of a research cluster or a private cloud platform.

The companies will partner with the Pistoia Alliance to develop a platform for enhancing access to genetic sequencing data.

DDN said the Sanger Institute will use the system to store data from the UK10K project, a three-year initiative that began last year and aims to sequence and analyze 10,000 individuals in the UK in order to discover rare genetic variants that are important in human disease.

With Atempo's system, Genethon was able to archive more than 50 percent of its data, which freed up 1.5 terabytes of space and shortened backup windows by 40 percent.

The Medical College of Wisconsin's Human and Molecular Genetics Center chose to consolidate its genomic data processing, analysis, and archiving onto Isilon's X-Series system.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.