Category Archives: Technology review

Election Season: Which Exome Chip Wins?

It has now been about a year since Illumina and Affymetrix announced their respective exome genotyping arrays.  Both products were launched with ambitious visions of how they would enable researchers to learn significantly more about the cause of human diseases. Sales of the Illumina chip exceeded expectations, and the company said that it sold enough exome chips through the first… Read more »

Admixture in Reference Populations: 1000 Genomes Uses African Americans in African Reference Group

Today I ran into an interesting fact about how a prolifically used catalog of population controls classifies African Americans with potential impacts on research outcomes. The 1000 Genomes Project is arguably our best common set of controls used in genomic studies. They recently finished what was termed as “Phase 1” of the project, and they have been releasing full sets… Read more »

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. Yet over the past decade, the tools of our research efforts have failed to unravel the complete biological architecture of… Read more »

Is Free Software Really Free?

The prevalence of open-source bioinformatic tools in the genetic research space is enormous. According to The North Shore LIJ Research Institute, there are over 500 genetic analysis software packages – the great majority of which are free – as of August 2010. Open-source tools are incredibly important in genetics. They allow new methodologies to be created and expanded. They tie… Read more »

Guest Post: Stepping Outside My Open-Source Comfort Zone: A First Look at Golden Helix SVS

I’m a huge supporter of the Free and Open Source Software movement. I’ve written more about R than anything else on my blog, all the code I post on my blog is free and open-source, and a while back I invited you to steal my blog under a cc-by-sa license. Every now and then, however, something comes along that just might be worth paying… Read more »