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The Personal Genome Project Deploys Isilon IQ Storage to Transform Genomic Research
Date:4/27/2009

Unprecedented DNA Sequencing Project Deploys Isilon Scale-out NAS to Store Public Database of Genomic and Trait Data for up to 100,000 Volunteers

SEATTLE, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isilon(R) Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN), the proven leader in scale-out NAS, today announced that the Personal Genome Project (PGP) has deployed Isilon scale-out NAS as the central repository for an unprecedented research project aimed at transforming the use of genomic data in personalized medicine. The PGP is using Isilon IQ to store genetic and trait data for up to 100,000 volunteers who agree to publicly share this data to advance the use of genomics in understanding human health and disease. With Isilon, the PGP has created a single, high performance, highly scalable, shared pool of storage to unify massive amounts of invaluable genomic information, providing immediate, concurrent data access to accelerate research while reducing storage management overhead and IT complexity.

"Personal genomic research may be the key that unlocks preventative and therapeutic solutions for such life-threatening conditions as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease," said Dr. George Church, founder of the PGP and director of the Lipper Center for Computational Genetics, Harvard Medical School. "Its full potential will be achieved when a diverse set of researchers and educators interpret such data and help us to cross the chasm from the lab to the patient. With Isilon, we have created the world's first publicly accessible database of integrated human genomic and trait data in order to bring the benefits of personal genomics to the public."

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