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Genome Med. 2014 Sep 26;6(9):78. doi: 10.1186/s13073-014-0078-2. eCollection 2014.

Genomic data sharing for translational research and diagnostics.

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Institute for Medical and Human Genetics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, Berlin, 13353 Germany ; Berlin Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, Berlin, 13353 Germany ; Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Ihnestrasse 63-73, Berlin, 14195 Germany ; Institute for Bioinformatics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Takustrasse 9, Berlin, 14195 Germany.

Abstract

Translational genomics is changing, not only in the technology used but also in the sharing of data. The enormous potential for genomics technologies to improve patient care has been recognized, but it will not be reached unless powerful but secure data-sharing technologies are developed. A recent study demonstrates the power of federated queries, in which sequence variants can be searched simultaneously in files distributed over multiple centers.

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