Google partners with autism advocacy group

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

(NBC) - Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism advocacy group, has joined forces with Google to bring large amounts of data to the Cloud.

Soon the Google Cloud platform will store 10,000 DNA samples taken from people with autism and their families.

One genome has the same amount of data as 100 full-length movies, so a large storage system is needed.

The new collaboration will make it easier for researchers to access this information, and advocates say it should yield results quickly, within the next two years.

Experts hope this project will lead to discovering various types of autism, and eventually lead to new treatments for the condition.

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