Counsyl Tech Talk: July 18, 2013 at 7pm

The cost of sequencing human genomes is plunging – 5x faster than the cost of computing.  The potential impact on preventive healthcare and the medical landscape is boundless.  The science is there but the scale isn’t.  That’s where Counsyl comes in.  We are building the technology platform to make genomics useful and accessible to everyone.  We hope you will join us on Thursday, July 18, from 7:00-9:00pm for our Tech Talk on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Big Data and Love the Data That Actually Counts.”

We look forward to hosting you at our newly renovated 60,000 square foot space in South San Francisco – oh and of course there will be food, drinks, and networking!

We’ll be providing shuttles from different locations in San Francisco as well as South SF Caltrain. Let us know where you are traveling from so that we can plan transportation appropriately.

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“How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Big Data and Love the Data That Actually Counts.”

Speaker: Imran Haque, Director of Research, Counsyl

Imran Haque, Director of Research at Counsyl
Imran Haque, Director of Research at Counsyl

A single current DNA sequencer can produce 540GB of raw data in a few hours — without even covering an entire human genome. So, obviously, genomics must be a big data science.

In this talk I will deflate two pernicious myths: that “Big Data” is where all the action is, and that genomics is Big Data. I will explain why genomics, as practiced both in the clinic and in research, is distinct from other areas usually used to define “big data”. In particular, a dearth of outcomes data means that interpretable regions of the genome are tiny, while the rest is all sequenced up with nowhere to go. I will further argue that despite this, genomics is one of the most interesting current areas of computer science and engineering, and is likely to be the latest wellspring for new innovations across the stack from architecture to AI.


Author: Counsyl

Counsyl provides DNA testing and genetic counseling services. We're committed to helping patients understand their DNA and how it can inform important health decisions. Whether it’s starting a family or evaluating risk for cancer, Counsyl's DNA tests provide patients with early awareness about genetic conditions, so they can live informed and prepare for the future. Counsyl has screened more than 750,000 patients and served more than 10,000 healthcare professionals. For more information, visit

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