Genome sequencing, i.e. the decoding of DNA, is becoming cheaper. This is widening the applications of DNA analysis, for example in diagnosing conditions and in making drug development more targeted.
But more analysis also means huge amounts of data, increasing numbers of data formats, storage costs and greater analytical complexity. With the support of Innosuisse, the Vaudbased start-up GenomSys is developing software based on the new MPEG-G standard, which massively simplifies the processing and distribution of DNA data. “With MPEG-G, DNA data is extremely compressed, enabling faster data exchange and more efficient data analysis,” explains GenomSys co-founder Dr Claudio Alberti. “Our software also offers easy and secure access to individual data and a high degree of interoperability.”