Category Archives: Plant & animal

Using GWAS to Improve the Economics of the Aquaculture Industry

PhD Graduate student Xin Geng of Auburn University

Recently, customer Xin Geng of Auburn University published a paper using SVS, and we wanted to share his story with you. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you would like to learn more about SVS at For PhD graduate student Xin Geng, conducting Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) to uncover the quantitative trait… Read more »

An Introduction to Dr. Ralucu Mateescu

A few months ago in Golden Helix’s 2nd Annual Abstract Challenge, Dr Raluca Mateescu tied for third place with her entry on the palatability of beef. We mentioned in our previous post highlighting all of the challenge winners that Dr. Mateescu would be presenting her work for the Golden Helix community and the time has come! Next week for our… Read more »

Genomic Prediction and How it’s Used

Golden Helix is excited to host a webinar on Tuesday August 26th discussing the Genomic Prediction methods which were recently integrated into the SVS software. Genomic prediction uses several pieces of information when calculating its results. Genetic information is used to predict the phenotype or trait for the individuals. The phenotypic trait data can be provided for a subset or for all… Read more »

SVS 8.2 – New Capabilities and Features

Earlier this year we completed the marriage of SVS and GenomeBrowse. When we released Version 8 of SVS we completed a major engineering task. A lot of things under the hood of both products had been changed to create a seamless experience for our users. The new and improved SVS platform is based on a technology stack that allows us… Read more »

Matthew McClure, PhD Analyzes Genotypic Data to Determine Cattle’s Breeding Potential

Dr. Matt McClure

For lead geneticist Dr. Matthew McClure, of the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), finding a software program that could handle massive amounts of data as well as more than the standard twenty-three pairs of chromosomes found in humans was a challenge. McClure says, “Agriculture often feels like the black sheep of the genomics industry. The majority of current genetic analysis… Read more »

Population Structure + Genetic Background + Environment = Mixed Model


A few months ago, our CEO, Christophe Lambert, directed me toward an interesting commentary published in Nature Reviews Genetics by authors Bjarni J. Vilhjalmsson and Magnus Nordborg.  Population structure is frequently cited as a major source of confounding in GWAS, but the authors of the article suggest that the problems often blamed on population structure actually result from the environment… Read more »

New Plant and Animal Genomes and Tracks Now Available!

Happy new year! We hope all of our readers, clients, and users had a great holiday season filled with friends and family! While Golden Helix did take a break from blogging in December, we’ve still been pretty busy bringing you new and exciting things. We’re pleased to announce the addition of genome maps and annotation tracks for two new plant… Read more »

Affinity for Agrigenomics: Not afraid to get their hands dirty


Take a look at our website, the list of conferences we exhibit at, the meetings we attend. It’s no secret our business is heavily geared toward human genetics. It’s no accident either. From the beginning we sought to make a significant impact on human health through genetics and analytics. To us, this meant understanding the cause of human disease and… Read more »

Agrigenomic Researcher at U.C. Davis, Gonzalo Rincon, DVM, and Colleagues Publish 14 Articles and Obtain 2 Patents Using SVS


Editor’s Note: This case study was written while Dr. Gonzalo Rincon was with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rincon is now working as a Principal Investigator in Animal Genetics at Zoetis. Gonzalo Rincon, DVM is a Project Scientist in the Medrano Lab, part of the Department of Animal Science, at the University of California, Davis. While the lab works… Read more »