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Google teams with researchers to store and crunch cancer data

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Healthcare is the new black, and Google has waded into the fray with projects like Helpouts and smart contacts. Now, its Research at Google arm will team with a think tank called the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to create the Cancer Genomics Cloud. The $6.5 million project will migrate massive amounts of data from the Cancer Genome Atlas to the Google Cloud platform, giving cancer researchers around the world a common database to work with. Google will also provide the compute power needed to analyze the massive datasets. Though genome studies have provided a huge boost to cancer research, they've excluded many smaller institutions that don't have large processing clusters. ISB said the new cloud will "democratize" the field by opening it up to more researchers and making collaboration just a Hangout away.

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