GÉANT and EMBL-EBI: Empowering the global scientific community

International collaboration pushes the frontiers of life sciences, enabling discovery in medicine, agriculture and environmental science

The life sciences have undergone a revolution over the past 20 years. Sequencing the DNA of thousands of organisms, including humans and agriculturally relevant species, is generating unprecedented volumes of data in hundreds of research organisations around the world. This disruptive technology has changed the face of research: what used to take years of work can now be done in minutes – and cheaply. Because of this, bioinformatics – the science of storing, managing and integrating data from biological experiments – has become a fundamental component of modern research.

The Challenge
To store, manage and integrate the skyrocketing volume and variety of biological information produced in life sciences research, and to make it available to the global scientific  community.

The Solution
Working in partnership, the JANET and GÉANT networks provide seamless, high-performance links between the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridge, UK and scientists located throughout the world, enabling real-time, global access to the world’s largest collection of molecular databases.

Key Benefits
The results of large-scale, ground-breaking initiatives such as the 1000 Genomes Project can now be distributed and made available for analysis quickly. This kind of research has already been used in several important medical studies, and shows how genetic research is enabling rapid advances in the medical sciences.

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