Stanford Plans Genomics Center Focused on Big Data

by Angela Guess

According to a new article by Ryan McBride of FierceBiotechIT, “Stanford University has won approval for a genomics center that will compete with MIT and Harvard’s Broad Institute for funding and talent, The Stanford Daily reported. The West Coast rival will be explicitly focused on analyzing Big Data, those incredibly large and fast-growing data sets that scientists are investigating to solve mysteries about human biology and other complex fields. Stanford genetics professor Carlos Bustamante and biology professor Mark Feldman will lead the new operation–dubbed the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics, according to the newspaper report.”

McBride goes on, “The university has been home to top genomics and computational experts for years, but the new center establishes a hub to foster more interdisciplinary collaboration and research. While the center doesn’t yet have a physical home, plans call for the operation to include academics from Stanford’s schools of humanities and sciences, engineering, medicine and law, The Stanford Daily reported. Stanford has taken a similar approach in the past with Bio-X, which unites researchers from medicine and biology, but the new center is expected to study genomics not just for human health but also to explore the DNA code of other organisms and for fields such as ecology and agriculture.”

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