Genomics Research


Leveraging cloud services for better patient care

ARES (Advanced networking for the EU genomic Research) is implementing novel genome content distribution solutions to make large data sets accessible to healthcare practitioners for better patient care. Robust and bottleneck-free data networks are key to the success of this vital undertaking.

Rewriting the history of human beings with DNA

Rewriting the history of human beings with DNA

Eske Willerslev, one of the world’s leading experts in ancient DNA, DNA degradation, and evolutionary biology, is using powerful DNA sequencing technology to reveal fundamentally new insights, reconstructing the past 50.000 years of human history.

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Research data zones improve collaboration on crop genome data

The University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and SURF are collaborating on a campus network infrastructure that is optimized for sending research data. The aim is to create a blueprint for a research data zone architecture so researchers can more easily collaborate on data-intensive research. The first use case is focusing on crop genome data.


Driving the bioinformatics revolution in life sciences

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) near Cambrigde, UK distributes datasets worldwide using R&E connectivity. This biological data enables the discovery of new drugs, new diagnostics and increasingly new agro-chemicals. The Institute’s work, which includes the 1000 Genomes Project, has generated petabytes of data and this growth is showing no signs of abating. On-demand bandwidth over R&E networks is critical to their ongoing work.

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Improving how complex diseases are treated

Genomics is generating new insights into the genetic causes of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and congenital disorders, and promises to transform healthcare. In Australia, a specialized high-performance network has been deployed for the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, the largest genome sequencing centre in the southern hemisphere, helping to close the gap between research and the clinic.

Making strides towards on-demand genetics data

Making strides towards on-demand genetics data

Today’s scientists are riding an unprecedented wave of discovery, but the immensity of the data needed to facilitate many of these breakthroughs is creating internet roadblocks that are becoming increasingly detrimental to research. Finding ways to deal with “Big Data,” which is defined as data sets too large and complex for both traditional computers and average network throughput to handle, has become a science in itself. But with an eye to the future, Clemson University researchers are playing a leading role in developing state-of-the-art methods to transfer these enormous data sets from place to place using the 100 gigabit Ethernet Internet2 Network.

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International DNA database drives genetics research

Genetics researchers around the globe have access to a comprehensive record of all sequenced DNA, thanks to an international effort to share massive amounts of information between databases in Japan, the United States, and Europe.

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Raising the yield potential of wheat to feed the world

“With the world’s population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, making staple foods – wheat, grains and rice – higher yielding, more resilient to climate variability and also more nutritious is vital. We can’t delay. Collaboration on a global scale is needed to have those three producing the bulk of the food in the world, or there’ll be problems,” said researcher Professor Barry Pogson.


Creating an atlas of the black-eyed bean genome

“Without Science DMZ, our laboratories would be isolated islands,” says Ana Benko-Iseppon, a Brazilian researcher working on the global project to develop more environmentally adapted cultivated forms of the black-eyed bean.

Mining a genetic goldmine

Mining a genetic goldmine

MinE is an international project to search for the genetic causes of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a deadly neurodegenerative disease. Thanks to an enormous computing facility and the best networkconnection, the MinE project can generate better results. The computing facility and networkconnection is operated by SURF’s operating companies: SURFsara for research data infrastructure and SURFnet for networkconnection.

Helping Australian Museum scientists save endangered koalas

Helping Australian Museum scientists save endangered koalas

Access to cloud services, such as high-performance computing and storage, that are impractical for the museum to house on site is significantly improving the analysis process and the way data is shared between Koala Genome Project partners, opening the door to new insights for conservation and protection.

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Processing sensitive data for schizophrenia research

Swedish researchers are incorporating sensitive register data in their cross-border analyses of the interaction between genetic and environmental factors for schizophrenia. Thanks to Tryggve, a new Nordic initiative to advance the utilization of sensitive biomedical data.