Sweden releases human genome under Creative Commons licence

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What used to take years now takes months: after buying a bunch of sequencers in 2014, Sweden's Uppsala University has published a human genome sequence under the Creative Commons license.

The data has been posted at Sweden's Uppsala University's Website here for bioinformatics boffins to play with.

The university's SciLifeLab produced the sequence on its HiSeq X sequencers from Illumina, which went into service in October 2014.

The lab's previous releases included the Human Protein Atlas, which it published in 2012.

Johan Dahlberg, PhD student at Uppsala and bioinformatian with the SciLifeLab's SNP SEQ (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and sequencing) Technology platform, describes the release as a “work in progress”, but says “most of the pieces are in place”.

As well as the data, Sweden's National Genomics Infrastructure puts the code it uses out in the open source world, here.

The SciLifeLab is a four-university collaboration (the Karolinska Institute, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University and Uppsala University) first established in 2010.

It's not the world's only open-source human genome project – for example, there's America's ongoing ENCODE project, which is also working towards building “a comprehensive parts list of functional elements in the human genome”. ®


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