Cloud Storage of Belfast Genomes

For our Belfast building project I wanted to get an idea of approximately how much one genome would be in GB. I found this article:

Regalado A., (2014), MIT Technology Review, Google Wants to Store Your Genome. [Online]. Available at:

In one paragraph it says:

“The explosion of data is happening as labs adopt new, even faster equipment for decoding DNA. For instance, the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said that during the month of October it decoded the equivalent of one human genome every 32 minutes. That translated to about 200 terabytes of raw data.”

I’m not sure if this is a good way of going about it but from this I calculated that 1 human genome must be about 146.61245GB (dodgy calculations to be found in my sketchbook). So going by the NINIS population estimate for 2013 which was 280,735, we would need at least 40,337.7527TB of storage capacity to hold all of Belfast’s genomes.

This website calculates it differently and gets a much larger number but I don’t think it’s taking into account external storage outside the body:

Pet Population 2014

Kerry found this site containing statisics on pet ownership across the UK:


Top Ten Pets for 2014 (based on running totals over two years)

1. Fish kept in tanks: 20 – 25 million (9% of households)

2.Fish kept in ponds: 20 million (5% of households)

3. Dogs: 9 million (24% of households)

4. Cats: 8 million (17% of households)

5. Rabbits: 1 million (2.4% of households)

6. Domestic fowl: 1 million (0.8% of households)

7. Caged birds: 1 million (1.4% of households)

8. Guinea Pigs: Half a million (1.1% of households)

9. Hamsters: 400,000 (1.4% of households)

10. Lizards: 400,000 (0.7% of households)

Belfast Data and Statistics

This website has a lot of useful data on Belfast which we can base our building designs on: link.
Population 2013
The estimated population of Belfast Local Government District at 30 June 2013 was 281,735, of which 136,091 (48.3%) were male and 145,644 (51.7%) were female.
This was made up of:
  • 53,821 children aged 0-15 years;
  • 104,271 people aged 16-39 years;
  • 82,377 people aged 40-64 years; and
  • 41,266 people 65 years and older.

Census 2011