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Enormous quantities may soon be called ‘genomical’

Genetic data to overtake astronomical in sheer quantity

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6:00am, July 15, 2015
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REALLY BIG DATA  Genomics is on track to overtake astronomy and capture the title of most data-rich field. Each colored spot represents one DNA molecule being sequenced.

Genomical
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Having a tremendous amount of something, equal to or exceeding astronomical levels.

Genetics is poised to overtake astronomy, YouTube and Twitter as a data-generating champion, Michael Schatz, a quantitative geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and colleagues say. Challenges for collecting, analyzing, storing and sharing genetic data are already at least on par with some of the other most demanding big data endeavors, the researchers report July 7 in PLOS Biology.

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