San Francisco, CA – February 13, 2014.  Station X today announced the launch of GenePool Reference™, a new tier of its GenePool® product line that gives scientists free access to a growing reference library of important public genomic datasets.  Anchored by the entire TCGA RNA-Seq data set covering 25 cancer types, GenePool Reference currently contains over 7,000 samples of DNA and RNA sequence data, and will continue to grow.

GenePool is Station X’s software environment for the management, analysis and sharing of population-scale genomic data. By leveraging the scalability and power of cloud computing, GenePool can handle the storage and analysis of large cohorts of genomic data.  Designed with an approachable, intuitive user-interface, GenePool makes it easy for translational and clinical researchers to set up and run sophisticated statistical analyses and rapidly make sense of genomics data through context provided by built-in biological annotations and state-of-the-art visualizations.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is a groundbreaking project spearheaded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to create a comprehensive compendium of genomic and clinical data for cancer research. The daunting size of the TCGA project has thus far limited its utility for many researchers.  By making the public TCGA gene expression data set freely available to the research community within GenePool, Station X not only removes the burden of downloading and managing the data, but also integrates it directly into a fast, easy-to-use analysis environment.  In addition, the clinical metadata has been compiled and curated by Station X scientists, making the data even more readily useful.  “GenePool was designed to make dealing with population-scale genomics easier, and we’ve seen for ourselves the richness of the TCGA data in GenePool. By making the public TCGA data widely available to the research community in this way, we are sure we can help extend the impact of the TCGA project in cancer research” said Richard Goold, CEO of Station X. 

Station X will demonstrate GenePool’s new functionality at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) Conference in Marco Island on Thursday, February 13, 5:15 – 7:15pm. Interested users are welcome to register free of charge for GenePool Reference at www.stationxinc.com/sign-up.  Our website also provides details on how users can upload their own genome projects into GenePool for as little as $500 per month.

About Station X

Station X develops software products for scientists and clinicians who work with large-scale human genome information in either a research or clinical setting, enabling them to extract maximal biological meaning from complex genomic data.  Station X can be found online at: www.stationxinc.com.

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