Category Archives: Big picture

Andreas Scherer

Adding Value Through Golden Helix Services

As I write this article, Golden Helix has hundreds of clients in top research institutions world-wide. The adoption of our product at these institutions ranges from a few individual users to site licenses used by entire organizations. Because of the … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Preparing the Next Generation of Genetic Researchers

New breakthroughs are being made every day in genomics. It’s a dynamic and fascinating industry, and with exceptional growth forecast in the DNA sequencing market, a new generation of people are entering the field: future researchers, clinicians, counselors and doctors. … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

The Next Chapter of Golden Helix: Our Launch of SVS 8

Today is a big day for us. Today we are announcing a major release of our flagship product, SNP & Variation Suite (SVS), to the general public. SVS 8 is a substantial improvement over the previous release in a number … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

“Precision Medicine”: Moving Next-Generation Sequencing into the Clinic Today

Kellie Carey discussing her treatment with her doctor. Image by Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Journal Just a few weeks ago, the case of Kellie Carey made it to the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Initially, her … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

The Next Phase in Our Evolution

Time goes by fast. With the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists worldwide were trying to understand the cause and effect of variations in the genome as they relate to functionalities, traits and disease. Along the way, … Continue reading

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Mendelspod Podcast with Dr. Lambert: Looking at the Big Picture of Bioinformatics

Recently, Dr. Christophe Lambert joined the esteemed Theral Timpson over at Mendelspod to talk a bit about the big picture of bioinformatics. This 37 minute podcast references a recent blog post by Christophe on Illumina competing with its customers, the … Continue reading

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Christophe Lambert

Is Illumina Aiming to Compete with its Customers?

In a recent GenomeWeb article by Tony Fong, “Sequenom’s CEO ‘Puzzled’ by Illumina’s Buy of Verinata, Lays out 2013 Goals at JP Morgan,” Harry Hixson, Sequenom’s CEO, expresses puzzlement over why its major supplier, Illumina, is acquiring a Sequenom competitor … Continue reading

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Gabe Rudy

To Find a Killer Variant: Successes and Challenges on the Journey to Mass Adoption of NGS in the Clinic

Recently, I have been spending some time analyzing real patient data. I’m preparing for a webcast I’ll be giving in which I will walk through the process of replicating the findings of Dr. Gholson Lyon‘s study on the novel disease … Continue reading

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Christophe Lambert

Learning vs. Doing (or why that Ph.D. took 10 years)

What  prevents scientists from being more productive and if we knew, could we do anything about it? I’d like to look at an often overlooked, but huge productivity inhibitor — bad multitasking. Many people put “excellent multitasker” on their resume … Continue reading

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Gabe Rudy

Have We Wasted 7 Years and $100 Million Dollars on GWAS Studies?

Type 2 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Chrohn’s Diseases and Coronary Heart Disease are examples of common, chronic diseases that have a significant genetic component. It should be no surprise that these diseases have been the target of much genetic research. … Continue reading

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