St. Jude Cloud's open-source genomics research data now available in real-time

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is updating its cloud-based repository of pediatric whole-genome sequencing data to include prospective clinical data, the Memphis, Tenn.-based treatment and research facility announced May 28.

Like other such databases, the St. Jude Cloud initially comprised genomics data collected retrospectively and released after corresponding research had been published. Now, however, it will be updated monthly with whole-genome, exome and transcriptome data from consenting subjects, making St. Jude the first institution to release real-time clinical genomics data.

The St. Jude Cloud launched in 2018 in collaboration with Microsoft and DNAnexus to promote research into pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is free for researchers and clinicians to access and currently hosts more than 10,000 whole genomes; additionally, data from 685 prospective subjects is now available, with hundreds more expected to be added to the database every year.

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