Google Genomics: Qwik Start
Google Genomics helps the life science community organize the world's genomic information in order to make it accessible and useful. A genome encompasses all of organism's DNA and advances in big data and machine learning have ushered in a new field of "big genomic data". Petabytes of these biological sequences (which are rapidly growing toward exabytes) are being used to tackle some of the toughest problems in the biomedical field. Google Genomics is an API that's part of the Google Cloud Platform and allows you to store, process, explore, and share large genomic datasets with ease.
In this lab, you'll use Google's implementation of the
htsget protocol and
SAM Tools—both popular APIs in the field for analyzing large files of genomic data. Since these run on the container service Docker, it meshes quite well with the Google Cloud Platform. In this lab, you'll get hands on experience with both APIs so you'll be able to analyze your own genome sequences on your own.
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