Google has partnered with Broad Institute to offer the biomedical research organization’s DNA analysis software as a service on the tech company’s Cloud Platform.
The institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit will run in Google Genomics, the company’s cloud service for life sciences research. Google positions the service as a platform for storing and analyzing the world’s genomic data.
The hosted service is available now “to a limited set of users,” Google said Wednesday. The company didn’t immediately reply to a request asking how many researchers can initially use the service or when it would be available to more scientists.
The Broad Institute offers the software, which scientists use to analyze genomic data, for free to academic researchers and non-profits, while businesses are charged a licensing fee. This model will be applied to the cloud version of the software, although all users will have to pay to use Google’s cloud. Google didn’t provide pricing information for the service.