The Beacon project is a project to test the willingness of international sites to share genetic data in the simplest of all technical contexts. It is defined as a simple public web service that any institution can implement as a service. The service is designed merely to accept a query of the form "Do you have any genomes with an 'A' at position 100,735 on chromosome 3" (or similar data) and responds with one of "Yes" or "No." A site offering this service is called a "beacon". This open web service is designed to be technically simple, easy to implement, and to not return privacy violating information.
For current Beacons, and a short guide about how to light a Beacon, please visit:
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