Category Archives: Paper review

Robarts Research Institute & VS-CNV

One of our main focuses in 2017 was VS-CNV which allows clinicians to directly call CNVs in target regions quicker, easier and more affordably than CMA or MLPA testing. Our clients at Robarts Research Institute shared their recent publication with me which confirms that our time and dedication to our CNV capabilities was well worth it. I am delighted to… Read more »

Exaggerating your number of controls or being precise? “Variant not found in over 10,000 chromosomes from EVS…”

Reading through the last release of AJHG I saw a couple papers mention that the putative rare variant they were investigating was “not present in over 10,000 control chromosomes from the EVS”. My first reaction was, “What? Do they mean the NHLBI 5400 Exome Sequencing Project? They only have 5,400 exomes not over 10,000! I wonder if there is some… Read more »

Summary and Q&A: “A Genome-wide Comparison of the Functional Properties of Rare and Common Genetic Variants in Humans”

The common disease-common variant hypothesis has established the foundation of SNP-basis genome-wide association studies for the last several years. However, with few strong associations found, researchers are beginning to consider the effects of rare variants through the burgeoning availability of DNA sequencing. Qianqian Zhu and Dongliang Ge, of the Center for Human Genome Variation at Duke University, and others recently… Read more »