Around The World In 800 Billion Bases

The Sanger Institute is reporting that their Genetic Record Database has hit one billion entries, making it the world’s largest.Β  The Trace Archive is a store of all the sequence data produced and published by the world scientific community, including the Sanger Institute’s own prodigious output as a world-leading genomics institution. To grasp how much data is in the Archive, if it were printed out as a single line of text, it would stretch around the world more than 250 times. Printing it out on pages of A4 would produce a stack of paper two-and-a-half times as high as Mount Everest. The Archive is 22 Terabytes in size and doubling every ten months.

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