wfoster8560 -- there are a number of white papers on hadoop, the apache hadoop site is a good reference, the original Google papers (2003 on Google file system, 2004 on MapReduce), along with the Oreilly and manning books on Hadoop are all good sources. satnam
wfoster8560 -- since 2008, I have been surprised at how rapidly new user-generated content is being generated. The whole emergence of Big Data and use of Hadoop to mine information has been a positive surprise. satnam
Satnam, there doesn't seem to be a realistic alternative to the cloud for the kind of scaleable data storage you need. Are you at all concerned about outages, data loss, security breaches and the other (supposed) downsides of the cloud?
lin -- there are a number of examples of how molecular medicine is being used -- breast cancer being another example. I would say we are in the area of Translational Research/Medicine. By our partnership with CCI and other to follow, we hope to move the field forward towards the clinic. satnam
Kim -- self learning algorithms. yes, NextBio is a data-driven engine and answers may change as new data comes along. we still have a lot more room on how further to mine the large amounts of data using additional machine learning algorithms. satnam
Satnam, is molecular medicine a real possibility at this time? The only one I know well, Dendreon, has a patient-specific DNA treatment for prostate cancer -- the only things I hear about them is their financial and regulatory troubles. Is molecular medicine commercially viable or is it just research?
Kim -- there is a lot of work going on in the area of wellness and preventive treatment. There are a few examples -- dosage of drugs and biomarkers for diseases based on molecular data. Oncology is one of the top areas where molecular medicine is being used. satnam
120 gigs of data doesn't actually sound like a lot for an entire genome. Even a half-terabyte -- that's less than the hard disk on a Mac. But when you're dealing with millions of sets of that type - that's a lot of data.
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