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Schumer Urges Google to Set Up Shop on Long Island

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, in a letter to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, urged Google to set up shop on Long Island via a unique partnership with the cutting edge Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Schumer said this groundbreaking public-private scientific partnership could provide solutions to major technological obstacles in genetics and cancer research as well as bring Google scientists and innovators to Long Island.

As one of the leading molecular biology research labs in the world, CSHL is at the forefront of efforts to apply large scale DNA sequencing to the latest in medical research. But this effort has recently hit a technological brick wall. Schumer said that by working with CSHL, Google could develop the large scale computational systems needed for disease research and explore joint commercialization and business ventures, all while growing the high-tech sector on Long Island. Over the past few weeks, Schumer’s office has facilitated talks between Google and CSHL about a potential partnership, with both sides expressing interest, and today Schumer urged Google and CSHL to push this partnership over the finish line.

“Combining Google and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory would be a groundbreaking partnership capable of unleashing untold innovation and significant economic energy; it would bring the resources of the world’s great technology giant to Long Island to join forces with one of the world’s great centers of science and invention,” said Schumer. “With the laboratory’s world-renowned biology lab, and Google’s unmatched computing expertise, this partnership has the potential to remake medical research as we know it, all the while boosting Long Island’s high-tech economy. It’s a match made in heaven that I will do all I can to complete.”

As the birthplace of modern genetics and a major force in the race to unlock of the human genome, CSHL is the leading molecular biology research lab in the New York metropolitan area, and among the elite of the whole world.

Google represents the key to unlocking solutions for these projects, with access to the most cutting edge computational innovation in development that can be applied to advance this high-level genetics research. By codeveloping large scale computational systems for disease research, Google could participate in a meaningful way on these grand challenges to promote advancements in medical research.