Builds on GA4GH standards to search human genetic data in the ELIXIR network

ELIXIR Beacon allows researchers to search consented, sensitive human genetic data stored in ELIXIR Nodes in Belgium, Finland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as in another GA4GH Driver Project, the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). Since 2015, ELIXIR and GA4GH have collaborated on Beacon, which aims to let any genomic data centre in the world make its data searchable with GA4GH standards.

ELIXIR Beacon information
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  • Jordi Rambla
  • Juha Tornroos
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The Beacon Network search bar is a simple form with two options: assembly and variant. The assembly can be selected from the dropdown menu on the left side. The search bar then takes the desired variant information as a search term which will be sent to Beacons in a structured manner.