UCSF & AWS Collaborate on Two Critical COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Initiatives

UCSF & AWS Collaborate on Two Critical COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Initiatives

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute capitalized on powerful cloud-based computing made possible by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable two projects involving the sequencing of genomes of the viruses infecting hundreds of COVID-19 patients in the San Francisco Bay Area using CRISPR gene-technology in a research study. Front and center in this innovative effort was the laboratory of Charles Chiu, MD, PhD. 

Background

As recently announced from the Bakar Institute, data and computation represent hallmarks of the newest paradigm of scientific research, especially in this time of COVID-19 where innovation drives discovery. Technology is absolutely key to helping researchers work more effectively with data in support of mission-critical COVID-19 studies. Amazon Web Services (AWS—the cloud computing division of Seattle-based Amazon) offered their support and donated service credits provided by the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative for cutting edge COVID-19 research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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