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(NEWSER)– To learn more about the genetics behind autism, researchers are planning to sequence the genomes of thousands of people—and they've enlisted a partner who knows a thing or two about sifting through scads of data.

Using its Genomics tool, Google will host on its servers and index the huge volumes of data involved; a human genome can fill up 100 gigabytes of space, and researchers will investigate those of 10,000 individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their relatives, Wired reports. "We realized that some of our biggest biology problems were really big data problems," says a top scientist with advocacy group Autism Speaks.

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