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Google To Store DNA Data Online, Make It Free For Researchers

The price to pay for a service getting cheaper is the increased demand, and consequently the larger amounts of data generated due to that. When the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that it might have to consider dropping funding to Sequence Read Archive (SRA), Google stepped in aiming to protect the huge bank of genetic data amassed from several individuals over the years. Google began talks with DNAnexus, a Mountain View, California firm, aiming to keep funding the genetic database, put it online and then make it free for researchers from across the globe. The problem? The data is huge!

A More Virulent Moore’s Law

Recently NIH backtracked and said that they’ll support SRA in the near future. DNAnexus went ahead and said that they wanted a Plan B, keeping a mirrorof the information available at SRA. DNAnexus CEO Andreas Sundquist said that they intend to build up a better public repository, one that is easy to search and access information from.

If you thought the solid state industry has grown phenomenally, hear Andreas Sandquist on the growth of the genetic industry:

DNA sequencing becomes 10 times cheaper every 18 months, thanks to hardware improvements. It’s sort of like Moore’s law on steroids!

Just to give you as estimated figure, the cost of gene sequencing for an entire person was around $30,000 in the US a year ago. Now, it is down to $4000! Considering that each genome is 3 billion letters (that’s 3,000,000,000 letters) long, it takes 3 terabits of data for every person’s genome. The space crunch is inevitable. Now, with the gene sequencing techniques getting cheaper, we expect sequencing to enter mainstream medical lab testing at reasonable rates. This is going to create an even bigger space crunch. There is another worry about the information being made accessible to people who need it. SRA is a great database, but very disorganized. This is where Google and its data-crunching capabilities come into play something that has made Google a household name.

Everyone’s Online!

In the near future, predicts Sandquist, everyone’s genetic information will be available online. What’s the big deal about that, you ask? With information about mutations present online, it will be easier to figure out how pathogens evolve and work out a way to find a cure for many diseases. It will significantly reduce the time required to test new drugs.

This isn’t Google’s first foray into genomics. Sergey Brin and his wife has constantly funded 23andme, a Mountain View organization, which was co-founded by Brin’s wife and helps people understand the genetic cause of their diseases.

Guess in the future you can even Google up someone’s genetic make-up. Isn’t that cool?

BSNL Website Hacked by Pakistani Hacker

BSNL just can’t get enough of the negative lime-light. It has not even been two months since we reported BSNL getting compromised, and here we are again. A self-proclaimed Pakistani hacker has defaced a public BSNL page. Last time, we revealed a serious security flaw in an internal application at BSNL called Dotsoft, and funnily enough, the vulnerability still exists.
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Apparently, Dotsoft became a hot topic with ethical hackers earlier in 2009, here is a clear proof-of-concept hack attempt aimed at Dotsoft. Though, this time, the situation is even worse. Today, a sub-directory on the BSNL website was hacked by a Pakistani hacker. The hacker, who calls himself ‘KhantastiC haX0r’, placed an index.html file on the sub-directory to prove that he has write-access to the web server.   He has also stated he has copied and removed all logs of the intrusion, as well as copied the databases — possibly being held for ransom? The defaced site is available at http://www.bsnl.co.in/tender1/ and doesn’t seem to affect any other pages within the same sub-directory, like http://www.bsnl.co.in/tender1/archive3.php.

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It is worth mentioning that although ‘Khantastic haXor’ claims to have connections with the PCA, he was actually thrown out of the PCA according to online reports. The situation was so bad that his personal details were exposed by a rival online ‘crew’. They went so far as to include personal photographs of the person in question. In any fashion, KhantastiC haX0r doesn’t seem to take his online anonymity very serious, as his Google+ account features pictures in high detail.

BSNL seriously needs to strengthen itself against attacks like these, with over 90 million subscribers, it’s a wonder they’ve managed to stave off theft of credit cards, passwords and other internal databases. It would seem like this is an online turf-war and BSNL was simply caught in the middle, perhaps their state ties can help them with building a more robust and secure network.

This makes for a good Diwali gift for BSNL from Pakistan.

Auto Backup for MySQL Database

If you have a blog or a regular website which makes use of a database to store information, there could be times when the database crashes or for that matter your hosting provider does. In such cases, having backups of your MySQL database is really very very important.

Of course there are several ways to backup your MySQL data, however, most of those require manual intervention and can be easily forgotten.

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Auto Backup for MySQL is a MySQL Backup Solution which allows users to schedule the backing up and restoring of your remote and local MySQL Database. Auto Backup for MySQL allows you to create different tasks to backup or restore MySQL database. You can choose to automatically backup MySQL database to SQL files or also choose to upload them another server or to another database altogether.

In addition to the above tasks you can also export the MySQL tables to CSV, XML, HTML or Text files and execute regular MySQL queries on the database.

Once you choose a task, the software will walk you through a wizard which will create the steps required to perform the task. For detailed instruction on creating a task using Auto Backup for MySQL you can visit this post.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Considering that the database is the most important part of any website or blog, Auto Backup for MySQL is definitely a useful software. Using the software you can schedule backups to occur at regular intervals, thus ensuring that you have backups in case your database or host crashes.

However, the only problem I saw with the software is that it expects that the host allows connection from external IP address, whereas many servers come with installations which restrict database access to only local machine. It would be good if the software could allow for SSH tunneling through which it could backup the database too.

Auto Backup for MySQL is available as a free trial for 15 days, after which you can buy different editions of the software starting at $59.95.

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This is a sponsored review of the software, all views in the post are unbiased and true.