Navigation Links
BioTorrents: An OA file sharing service and more

BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service


The transfer of scientific data has emerged as a significant challenge, as datasets continue to grow in size and demand as open access sharing increases. Current methods for file transfer do not scale well for large files and can cause long transfer times. In this study, we present BioTorrents, a website that allows open access sharing of scientific data and uses the popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology. BioTorrents allows files to be transferred rapidly due to the sharing of bandwidth across multiple institutions and provides more reliable file transfers due to the built-in error checking of the file sharing technology. BioTorrents contains multiple features, including keyword searching, category browsing, RSS feeds, torrent comments, and a discussion forum. BioTorrents is available at

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Funding: This project was supported by grant DEB 0516276 from the National Science Foundation, and by funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the German Primate Center (DPZ), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant Ka 1082-8), and the Volkswagen Foundation. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Morgan G. I. Langille
University of California Davis

Jen Laloup
Public Library of Science

Citation: Citation: Langille MGI, Eisen JA (2010) BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10071. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010071


Contact: Jen Laloup
Public Library of Science

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Aware, Inc. Joins HIMSS10 Interoperability Showcase to Demonstrate Standards-Based Medical Image Sharing
2. Plants prefer their kin, but crowd out competition when sharing a pot with strangers
3. ESAs Earth observation missions: Sharing teams and facilities boosts efficiency
4. Trends in prescription medication sharing among reproductive-aged women
5. Time-sharing tropical birds key to evolutionary mystery
6. BIO-key(R) Announces Contracts for New Criminal Justice Data Sharing Solution
7. Forest service co-hosts annual air pollution workshop
8. Nature essay made possible by Forest Service program, is Orion Magazine selection
9. Nutrition services for older adults at home and in communities
10. Farm-to-school programs motivate school food service professionals
11. Seeing the hidden services of nature
Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/25/2014)... era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now ... to control the availability of plants they used for ... use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources. ... Service,s Pacific Southwest Station, will lead a field ... during the Ecological Society of America,s 99th Annual Meeting, ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... Boston, MA A study published online in the ... describes a novel approach to preventing cervical cancer based ... cervical cancer after removal of a discrete population of ... from a study that looked at squamocolumnar junction cells, ... canal and have been implicated as the origins of ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... opened the way for the development of new lines of ... barley production is second only to wheat with 7-8 million ... important diseases of barley. , Senior Research Scientist Dr Alan ... on the cell walls of barley plants that block the ... by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 2Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 3Clearing cells to prevent cervical cancer 2New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley 2
... Parrots, long a favorite pet animal, are attractive to owners ... more to parrots than what meets the eye. , For ... an unusual set of pigments to produce their rainbow of ... an Arizona State University researcher has uncovered the chemistry behind ...
... study ever done comparing the effectiveness of hand hygiene ... of disease-causing viruses than simply washing one’s hands with ... soapy hand washing flushes down the drain is the ... cause hepatitis A, acute gastroenteritis and a host of ...
... compounds that zero in on cancer cells spreading throughout ... give doctors a whole new weapon in the fight ... of Cornell University researchers. , The compounds, called synthetic ... breast cancer cells in mice, and are the first ...
Cached Biology News:ASU researchers finds novel chemistry at work to provide parrot's vibrant red colors 2ASU researchers finds novel chemistry at work to provide parrot's vibrant red colors 3Study: Soap And Water Work Best In Ridding Hands Of Disease Viruses 2Study: Soap And Water Work Best In Ridding Hands Of Disease Viruses 3First-ever Compounds To Target Only Metastatic Cells Are Highly Effective Against Breast, Prostate, And Colon Cancers 2First-ever Compounds To Target Only Metastatic Cells Are Highly Effective Against Breast, Prostate, And Colon Cancers 3
(Date:7/24/2014)... novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given ... Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a ... , The research team led by ORNL,s Zheng ... perovskite manganite, a complex material that exhibits dramatic magnetic ... behavior could benefit researchers who are interested in using ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained ... other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary ... about to make their job much easier. , ... Patolsky of Tel Aviv University ,s School of ... developed by the Herzliya company Tracense, picks up ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... DUBLIN , July 24, 2014 ... the "Global Cell Culture Market 2014-2018" report ... Cell culture is the in vitro ... such as research, cell studies, and biopharmaceutical production. Cell ... vaccine production. Cell culture instruments and cell culture consumables ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Three ... be semi-finalists in Livestrong’s Big C Competition. Out of ... are each headed to the semi-final round. In this ... exclusive three-month accelerator program, complete with mentoring from thought-leaders ... , As part of the angelMD commitment to the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces 2Nano-sized chip 'sniffs out' explosives far better than trained dogs 2Global Cell Culture Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Becton, Dickinson and Co, EMD, GE Healthcare, Lonza Group, Sigma Aldrich and Thermo Fisher Scientific 23 angelMD Startups Make Livestrong Big C Semi-finals 2
... a term popularized by columnist Tom Friedman, requires (well) ... learning and development of knowledge and skills. Organizations that ... creating enriching workplace experiences if they wish to attract ... can you create an enriching workplace? It isn't easy ...
... that might play an important role in rapidly detecting ... is close to passing a validation test being conducted ... MultiCode panel technology, which is being developed by ... "thumbs up" Wednesday from James E. Gern, professor of ...
... mobile, nor completely the Internet. Mobile devices hardly have ... experience, and mobile networks are not ubiquitous, high-bandwidth or ... we've come to expect quick access to information. So ... with a fairly poor mobile Web experience. , ,This ...
Cached Biology Technology:Seven talent management practices that matter 2Seven talent management practices that matter 3Seven talent management practices that matter 4Seven talent management practices that matter 5EraGen diagnostic passes UW tests, could quickly detect bird flu 2EraGen diagnostic passes UW tests, could quickly detect bird flu 3Webaroo aims to make mobile search relevant 2
... The thermostable dUTPase(pyrococcus fruriosus) ... (using proofreading DNA polymerases). It ... reactions and dNTP solutions. The ... DNA polymerase reaction can prevent dUTP ...
... AVOID FREEZE/THAW CYCLES. An assay kit designed ... Western blotting. PARP is an enzyme implicated ... apoptosis, PARP is cleaved by caspase-3. Cleavage ... to 85 kDa is a hallmark of ...
... save space and organize gloves, ... other garb. They are the ... small parts used in labs, ... Many other sizes and custom ...
... save space and organize gloves, ... other garb. They are the ... small parts used in labs, ... Open-slot design for easy cleaning. ...
Biology Products: