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One of the fastest-growing data sets in the world comprises human genetic data. By 2025, we may be out of data storage space for human genomes, according to estimates by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As precision medicine, CRISPR, and gene therapy technologies continue to advance, our storage needs will explode, along with the computing power and requirements for acquiring, distributing, analyzing, encrypting, and safeguarding our genomics data. As technology increasingly intertwines with biology, inadequate storage capacity and insufficient technology workflows for storing all that data become ever more urgent issues—and the lack of planning so far becomes ever clearer. Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research is looking into processes and workflows to reduce the genomic data footprint.

Managing the looming genome storage problem

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