Prominent researchers are calling on government agencies to fund a global genomic data “commons” in the cloud to serve as a worldwide research resource driving development of next-generation treatments.

Without support for this kind of cloud infrastructure, they say thousands of researchers around the world will continue wasting time and money independently transferring data from repositories to the cloud of their choice. However, by taking “full advantage of the possibilities that cloud computing offers” with such a data commons, researchers from Canada, Europe and the U.S. writing in the latest issue of the journal Nature argue that “authorized scientists would be able to tap easily and cheaply into a global commons as and when they need to.”

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