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Stanford Medicine, Google join forces on genomics

DNA sequenceShow up at Stanford with a serious health problem and your doctor may soon be looking at your genomic data for a diagnosis. Stanford and Google recently signed an agreement that gives Stanford Medicine a secure platform on which to analyze digital health data.

The new collaboration lays the groundwork for Stanford Medicine’s Clinical Genomics Service, which launches later this year. CGS will be led by Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil, an associate professor of medicine and of genetics, and by Jason Merker, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology. The service, which will put patient genome sequencing into the hands of clinicians to help diagnose disease, is being built using Google Genomics, a service that applies the same technologies that power Google Search and Maps to securely store, process, explore and share genomic data sets.

With the help of Google's cloud services and expertise in data science, Stanford plans to enhance precision health and patient care. In a press release today, Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the medical school, commented, “Stanford Medicine and Google are committing to major investments in preventing and curing diseases that afflict ordinary people worldwide. We’re proud to be setting this milestone for the future of patient care and research.”

Minor also talks about the collaboration in a Fast Company article published this morning.

Previously: When ten days = a lifetime; Assessing the challenges and opportunities when bringing whole-genome sequencing to the bedside
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