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Big data and open source unlock genetic secrets

Jun 26, 2011, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Howard)

"Charlie Quinn: We try and use open source as much as we can. We try and contribute back where we can. We haven't been contributing back anywhere near as much as we'd like to, but we're going to try and get into that more.

"We're huge proponents not only of open source, but of open data. What we've been doing is going around and trying to convince people that we understand they have to keep data private up to a certain point, but let's try and release as much data as we can as early as we can.

"When we go back to talking about the explosion of data, if we're looking at Gene X and we happen to see something that might be interesting on Y or Z, we can post a quick discovery note or a short blurb. In that way, you're trying to push ideas out and take the data behind those ideas and make it public. That's where I think we're going to get traction: trying to share data earlier rather than later."

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