Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Nov 2014 21:21 UTC

Google Genomics could prove more significant than any of these moonshots. Connecting and comparing genomes by the thousands, and soon by the millions, is what’s going to propel medical discoveries for the next decade. The question of who will store the data is already a point of growing competition between Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

This seems like a great technology to help advance medicine, but this being Google, one does have to wonder just what Google will do with data like this - or, better put, what can be done with data like this at all beyond its intended and promised purpose.

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Commercial companies?
by Luis on Sat 8th Nov 2014 10:55 UTC
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Google, Amazon, Microsoft???? To take care of the medical and genetic data of millions of people????

It really sounds like the worst plan ever. That data, if it can be very useful for medical purposes should be kept in some medical research centre. Usually some public institution, preferably in the EU.

Who even thought that Amazon (Google, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, whatever) could handle such data???

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