A database as big as a planet
Well, maybe not quite that big, but with Big Data sweeping up results, statistics, genomes and everything else, it's a whole new chapter in the story of statistics. Data and biological scientists can look for inferences and correlations over a vast universe of situations. The data they may look at need not even have been gathered for the purpose at hand. But it's there anyway, and it may be useful now.
This is akin to what's starting to happen in the Industrial Internet, where what might seem intractable in one jet engine might show a pattern if it happens to six out of one-hundred. Let's look and see what's different in those six, and then it'll be so much easier to find out why.
What's so striking here is you rather than starting out trying to solve a problem with pure, brilliant science, now you can start just looking over happenstance harvested by Big Data and crunched in supercomputers. Science's job will then be a lot simpler, faster and cheaper.