In recent days, Google and the Broad Institute, a genomics and biomedical research center founded by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Harvard University, announced a collaboration in the field of genomics. The Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) will be offered as a service of Google’s Cloud Platform as part of the Google Genomics project. This will allow researchers to combine the center’s tools of genomic analysis with Google’s computing power.
At Google I/O, as expected, there was the announcement of Project Brillo, the operating system for the Internet of Things. Google also announced Weave, a protocol that will serve as the standard language for the various devices to communicate with each other. This project is derived from Android but in a version stripped of various components to operate with minimum requirements while maintaining the support to essential services such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Google announced the Patent Purchase Promotion, an experimental initiative to fight the phenomenon of patent trolling, the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. In this case, Google asked holders of American patents willing to sell them to submit their requests with the price. That’s meant to prevent them from ending up in the hands of patent trolls.
A few days ago, Calico, a company founded by Google with the goal to carry out research on longevity, announced a collaboration with the Broad Institute, a center for biomedical and genomics research founded by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Harvard University. The aim is to work together to research on age-related diseases to find new treatments.