Category Archives: Big picture

They’ve isolated the funding gene!

We at Golden Helix, and I am certain many in our community, are more than pleased to hear that President Obama has signed the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015“. Most importantly, the budget agreement raises discretionary spending by $80 billion in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 which should create room for increased spending in federal science agencies and offices as… Read more »

What to know about VSReports

      Cheryl Rogers    October 27, 2015    No Comments on What to know about VSReports
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At the beginning of October, VSReports came to VarSeq. Since then, we have been getting rave reviews from our customers. As Dr. Andreas Scherer mentioned earlier this month, VSReports takes the output of your tertiary variant analysis and converts it into a fully customized and actionable clinical grade report in just one click. Additionally, VSReports ships with OMIM and two different report… Read more »

Reflection on ASHG 2015

      Andreas Scherer    October 14, 2015    No Comments on Reflection on ASHG 2015

ASHG 2015 in Baltimore was a very good conference for us at Golden Helix. It was a delight to connect with existing clients as well as interested members of our community. The conference is a premium networking opportunity for professionals in our field, with an ever increasing number of talks, demos and a constantly expanding vendor exhibition area.    … Read more »

Top Five Add-On Scripts for SVS

      Ashley Hintz    October 6, 2015    2 Comments on Top Five Add-On Scripts for SVS
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While stand-alone SVS is an amazing statistical software package for genomics analysis, adding additional Python scripts to the program can expand SVS’s genomic analysis capabilities. In this post, I’ll take you through the most frequently downloaded Add-On Scripts for SVS and the top five were not what I expected! Coming in at Number Five is the script Convert Dosages to… Read more »

Clinical Reporting comes to VarSeq

      Andreas Scherer    September 17, 2015    2 Comments on Clinical Reporting comes to VarSeq
Update to SVS

The next release of VarSeq will ship a new product that is highly relevant to our customers in clinical testing labs. Via VSReports, VarSeq now has the ability to generate clinical-grade reports. These reports are fully customizable, containing focused and actionable data. VS Reports ships with report templates that are modeled off of the ACMG guidelines, the de-facto gold standard… Read more »

Precision Medicine e-Book

      Andreas Scherer    September 15, 2015    No Comments on Precision Medicine e-Book
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“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” – Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC) Almost 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates captured one of the key principles underlying precision medicine. In the 21st century we take the understanding of the individual characteristics of a person to a new level. By leveraging information… Read more »

The 10th Anniversary of GWAS

10th Anniversary of GWAS

GWAS became possible about 10 years ago as the result of several scientific advances. Since then, GWAS has continually developed as a primary method for identification of disease susceptibility genes in humans and other organisms. At Golden Helix we are proud of our history in supporting GWAS analysis from its inception. Our software was used to analyze whole-genome data from… Read more »

Top 5 things you need to know about VSPipeline


Recently, Golden Helix, Inc. announced the addition of VSPipeline to our VarSeq software suite. VSPipeline is a command-line interface that will allow high throughput environments the ability to tap the full power of VarSeq’s algorithms and flexible project template system from any command line context, including existing bioinformatics pipeline. So, what is the big deal? Here are the top five… Read more »

Partnership with MedGenome

Partnership with MedGenome

Just a few weeks ago we announced our partnership with MedGenome. The news was covered by a number of outlets including: Financial Express Pharmabiz Let me expIain the importance and impact of this announcement. Since Varseq was released, we have received strong interest from testing labs that are leveraging our product to implement cancer diagnostic pipelines. Please feel free to take… Read more »

VarSeq is a better ANNOVAR, snpEff and VEP

Yes, I said it. “Them be fighting words” you may say. Well, it’s worth putting a stake in the ground when you have worked hard to have a claim worth staking. We have explored the landscape, surveyed the ravines and dangerous cliffs, laboriously removed the boulders and even dynamited a few tree stumps. Stake planted. Ok, so now I’m going… Read more »