Video Graphics and Genomics: A Real Game Changer?

Why should a genetic researcher care about the latest in video gaming technology? The answer is video graphics cards or Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). For certain computational tasks, a single GPU can perform as well as an entire cluster of CPUs for only a fraction of the cost. And because video gaming has grown into a highly competitive multi-billion dollar… Read more »

Four New Add-on Scripts Available for Strand Flipping, Histogram Means, and Chi-Squared Calculation

The scripting environment in SVS 7 allows for cross-communication between the powerful Python scripting language and the tools used in data analysis. Scripting is often the most effective way to make new features available to customers prior to new software releases. We often write scripts based on a specific customer’s need and then expand availability to all customers, many who… Read more »

Best Practices for Incorporating Public Genotype Data in Your Study

The Golden Helix sales team recently came to me for recommendations regarding best practices for incorporating public controls in SNP GWAS.  It seems that there has been a surge of questions regarding this practice over the past few weeks from our customers.  Initially, I laughed at the irony of being asked to outline the best practices for what I see… Read more »

Recent Publications on Ankylosing Spondylitis, Asthma, Heroin Dependence, and Lupus

It’s been a busy month for the genetics community, and Golden Helix customers are no exception. First in the line up, congrats to Marta Artieda with Progenika Biopharma in Spain for her work on “Association of the Intergenic Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism rs10865331 (2p15) with Ankylosing Spondylitis in a Spanish Population” in the Journal of Rheumatology (abstract below). Next up, kudos to… Read more »

Stop Ignoring Experimental Design (or my head will explode)

Stop Ignoring Experimental Design (or my head will explode)

Over the past 3 years, Golden Helix has analyzed dozens of public and customer whole-genome and candidate gene datasets for a host of studies.  Though genetic research certainly has a number of complexities and challenges, the number one problem we encounter, which also has the greatest repercussions, is born of problematic experimental design. In fact, about 95% of the studies… Read more »