St. Jude launches public pediatric cancer genomics platform on the cloud

Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital launched St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing platform for pediatric cancer researchers, April 12.

St. Jude Cloud, which hospital officials said is the largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data, offers researchers access to whole-genome sequencing, whole-exome sequencing and RNA sequencing datasets from more than 5,000 pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

Researchers also have the option to upload and analyze independent datasets with St. Jude Cloud's bioinformatics and data visualization tools on the cloud-based platform.

St. Jude officials expect to host 10,000 whole-genome sequences on St. Jude Cloud by 2019. The genomic datasets available on St. Jude Cloud are stored in Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service, and managed by DNAnexus, a Mountain View, Calif.-based biomedical informatics platform.

"Sharing research and scientific discoveries is vital to advancing cures and saving lives, especially in rare diseases like pediatric cancer," said James R. Downing, MD, president and CEO at St. Jude. "St. Jude Cloud offers researchers access to genomics data and analysis tools that will drive faster progress toward cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood."

To access the St. Jude Cloud, click here.

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