China’s first national gene bank officially opened recently. The center will eventually store 300 million genetic samples. Currently, it stores 10 million samples. China National GeneBank (CNGB) will be the biggest genetic research center in the world as well as a major center for computer science and data science because information storage, processing and analysis will be a big part of its function.
“Established by BGI-Shenzhen, the China National GeneBank (CNGB) is the first national genebank integrating a large-scale bio-repository and an omics database. It is approved by Chinese government, with the mission of collecting, preserving and exploiting genomics resources, and to build a network fostering global communication and collaboration on biodiversity conservation and genetic resources utilization. In addition, CNGB is supported by BGI’s high-throughput sequencing and bio-informatics capacity, and it will not only provide a repository system for biological collection, but more importantly develop a novel platform to further understand genomic mechanisms of life. ” CNGB
The news article about CNGB mentions that the data now stored in Shenzhen was previously housed at the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in the US, the European Bioinformatics Institute in Britain and the DNA Data Bank of Japan.