Category Archives: Big picture

Bryce Christensen

The 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 … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

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 … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

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 … Continue reading

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Gabe Rudy

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 … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part VII – Regulatory Issues

Regulatory bodies such as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) already have a full plate. In the US, FDA-regulated products account for 20 percent of each dollar spent by American consumers each year. More specifically, the work of the regulatory authorities include the … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part VI – The Educational Challenge

Precision medicine will fundamentally change how health care is practiced. Of course, we have a long way to go. For most practitioners today, their knowledge of the human genome was established many years ago. However, new therapies and diagnostic methods … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part V – Bioinformatics Pipelines and Systems Infrastructure

The genetics industry is undergoing a fundamental shift from a clinical science focus to a bioinformatics focus. Genetic services require a greater level of data analytics sophistication than is required for other laboratory testing. Currently, data generated by new tests … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part IV – Adoption by Patients and Health Care Professionals

Precision Medicine leverages the most innovative technology advances in the field of genetics. The concept is “en vouge”! We know that the science will give us increasingly better treatment options. I have covered this in my previous blog post. But … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part III – Tailoring diagnostic and therapeutic strategies

Many have called Sir William Osler (1849-1910) the “Father of Modern Medicine”. He was one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was instrumental in creating the first residency program for the specialty training of physicians. … Continue reading

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Andreas Scherer

Precision Medicine – Part I

On January 30, 2015, the Precision Medicine Initiative was announced by President Obama. Many in our field, researchers and clinicians alike, recognize that such a program would bring additional funding into our space to design, develop and implement new diagnostic tests that are aiding physicians … Continue reading

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