Google Wants to Store Your Genome: Connect & Compare them with Others to Accelerate Medical Innovations

Illustration: iStockphoto

Illustration: iStockphoto

For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.

Google is approaching hospitals and universities with a new pitch. Have genomes? Store them with us. Whole genome sequences take large amount of storage space and are computationally cumbersome to analyze. Currently, universities and other research institutions all over the world are struggling with this data deluge, and Google could help resolve this situation.

Google Genomics could prove more significant than any of there other moonshots. Connecting and comparing genomes by the thousands, and soon by the millions, is what’s going to propel medical discoveries for the next decade.

Read more at MIT Technology Review

Visualized: How Ebola Compares To Other Infectious Diseases

Panic about Ebola is spreading faster than any known pathogen. Instead of panicking, let us scientifically compare Ebola with other deadly pathogens. David McCandless has created a brilliant visualization comparing the data on infectiousness vs. deadliness of various pathogens. Checkout the infographic to see how Ebola ranks against Tuberculosis, or Mumps, or HIV. 

Read about the methodology used to create the infographic at The Guardian, and analyze the data at Information is Beautiful 

Google is Testing Free Doctor-Patient Video Chats, When you Search for Symptoms

Google Hangout with a doctor

Google is testing a new search feature that allows users to video call a doctor directly from search results for illnesses or symptoms.

The search results prompt users to “talk with a doctor now”, which will initiate a free video call similar to Google’s Helpouts support service but with a doctor to talk through symptoms for a remote diagnosis or advice.

Read more at The Guardian or PCMag