Making the most of big data no easy task

A trillion base pairs of sequence here, a trillion there. Pretty soon, you’re talking about a lot of information—and it all needs to be managed. That’s the dilemma facing Mayo Clinic and other health care organizations leading the personalized medicine revolution that relies on compiling and analyzing patients’ genetic code to better diagnose, predict, and treat disease.

“We generated 90 trillion base pairs of sequence last year,” says Eric Wieben, PhD, director of Mayo’s Medical Genome Facility in Rochester, Minn. “Gathering big piles of data is the easy part. It’s trying to transform the data into knowledge that’s the hard part.”

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