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Faster genomics

Our researchers devised a service to speed up DNA analysis

Clinicians from diverse specialties can use DNA analysis to diagnose patients with high-risk genetic factors who are susceptible to developing life threatening diseases. 

Genomics includes genetic profiling and bioinformatics, and has played an increasingly important role in our understanding of diseases. It provides a cornerstone for delivering on the promise of personalised medicine. 

It has an impact on a range of healthcare applications. It can help medics understand rare and common genetic factors in the development of common diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. It can be used for pathogen surveillance, disease outbreaks, emergence of infectious microorganisms, and food safety. It plays an important role in identifying rare and unknown diseases, and creating targeted and precise therapies for patients.  

All this work generates a huge amount of data. That places high demand on computational capabilities, and data processing can take a long time. If it's going to be effective in providing insights for mainstream healthcare, you want to get results you can rely on, in a way that's fast, reproducible, and cost-effective.

Our IBM Research team has created Bioinformatics as a Service (BaaS for short). It provides fast and scalable processing with a combination of high performance computers, virtualised storage, and hybrid cloud computing - available to healthcare organisations as service, both for the hardware and the software. 

See our demo of BaaS, and how it can handle multi-stage, data-heavy, computational workflows for genomics. It makes DNA analysis available to more people than ever before.

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