The field of genomic medicine is rapidly advancing as the research community becomes more comfortable manipulating genomic data with the goal of discovering insights about disease causes and risks. Yet each database is hosted within separate organizations, organized in unique ways and vastly too cumbersome to easily share with others who may be working on similar research.
This weekend a new tool launched to enable just that. The NextCODE Exchange (see release here), a new browser-based hub, allows for real-time sharing of whole genome collections in a simple, consistent format.
The availability of this Exchange is a critical advance in extending the utility of genomic data by allowing organizations around the world to access and harmonize large complementary datasets, potentially multiplying their study data sets to gain more reliable insights than ever before.
Already, numerous organizations are participating in the NextCODE Exchange to add and share their genomic data, including clinicians and researchers affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, University College Dublin, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Australia), and Saitama Medical University (Japan).
As new institutions look to the Exchange to share genomic data, this hub holds significant potential to help advance progress in genomic-based medicine.
Learn more about the NextCODE Exchange here.