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Massive cloud eases genomic data sharing

Memphis, Tennessee, January 6, 2021

Two researchers with masks sitting at a table looks forward with a screen of people in a virtual meeting.

Jinghui Zhang, PhD, chair, and Clay McLeod, both of St. Jude Computational Biology, helped create a massive cloud platform of genomic data.

Imagine a cloud-based data-sharing platform with 1.25 petabytes of genomic data along with apps to make the most of those details. That is St. Jude Cloud, which was created and launched by St. Jude scientists in 2018.

The cloud makes data sharing faster and easier for researchers. Its goal is to advance diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

St. Jude Cloud is the world’s largest pediatric cancer genomic data resource. It includes data from more than 10,000 childhood cancer patients and survivors. It also holds genomic details of more than 800 sickle cell disease patients.

The cloud’s content grows larger each day. Its apps and design help those who are not computing experts do complex analyses.

“Data sharing is especially important for making progress in childhood cancer, which is driven by many different and distinct genetic alterations,” said Jinghui Zhang, PhD, Computational Biology chair. “We created St. Jude Cloud as a resource and data-sharing model for researchers worldwide.”

Cancer Discovery published a report on this work.

Jinghui Zhang, PhD, chair, and Clay McLeod, both of St. Jude Computational Biology, helped create a massive cloud platform of genomic data.

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