Compute Kinship Matrices & GBLUP on Very Large Sample Sets

Binary Data

Now available in SVS! Increasingly important in the analysis of the genotype to phenotype relationship is accurately accounting for the relatedness of samples. This is especially important to model correctly in plant and animal populations where man-directed breeding shapes the relationship structure. Along with trait association, one of the high-value use cases for genotyping animals and plants is to estimate… Read more »

Variant Normalization: Underappreciated Critical Infrastructure

Variant Normalization

Variant Normalization: Underappreciated Critical Infrastructure It may surprise you to learn that every variant in the human genome has an infinite number of representations! Of course, although true, I’m being a bit hyperbolic to prove a point. Even seemingly simple mutations like single letter substitutions are legitimately represented differently in the local context of other mutations that can be described… Read more »

Much Love for VarSeq: ESHG 2016 Success

ESHG 2016

I’m very glad I had the chance to attend ESHG 2016 in Barcelona and talk to so many people about Golden Helix and our software at our booth. ESHG may be the little sibling in size compared to ASHG, but my impression is that it punches above its weight in terms of advancing human genetics applicability to human health and… Read more »

CADD Scores: Rank and Filter in Harmony!

CADD Score

There used to be much energy expended at conferences, bioinformatics forums and even publications about what was the better strategy for interpreting variants of clinical significance: Rule-based filtering and classification mechanisms or rank-based prioritization through all-encompassing “pathogenicity” scores. Both have shown to be effective. Rule-based systems, as exemplified in this filtering diagram in Baylor’s ground-breaking paper on clinical whole-exome sequencing… Read more »

ICGC: The Next Generation Cancer Mutation Database Now Available

Somatic Mutation BRCA1

ICGC’s database is now available For quite a while, COSMIC has been synonymous with the catalog of “known somatic mutations”. It is the ClinVar of cancer mutations and invests heavily in “expert curation” (having human experts read papers and pull out references to published somatic mutations). But it turns out there is a new kid on the block, and he… Read more »