Going Coast to Coast for the Latest NGS News

Last week I was able to attend two very interesting conferences about the latest developments in the analysis of sequence data.  I started the week in San Diego at the Illumina iDEA Conference and finished it in Philadelphia at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Third Annual Next-Generation Sequencing Symposium.  The Illumina conference was an opportunity to learn about the latest… Read more »

SVS 7.5 Feature Sneak Peek: Grouping and Filtering in the Genome Browser

Ever since the release of SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) 7.4 back in January, our software engineers have been hard at work developing new functionality for the next version, to enable researchers to have even more control over their data. (Okay, well really, they started working on it before 7.4 even came out.) While the full details of 7.5 are… 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 »

“Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a bioinformatician!”

Academic Software, Productivity, and Reproducible Research httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGMLCxKPMSE&NR=1 Do you ever feel like Dr. McCoy on Star Trek, where your job and expertise is to do x, but to achieve your goals you also have to do y and z, which you either don’t want to do or don’t have the skills to do? Genetic researchers are faced with this every… Read more »

NGS Tools and Formats for Secondary Analysis: A Primer

In a series of previous blog posts, I gave an overview of Next Generation Sequencing trends and technologies. In Part Two of the three part series, the range of steps and programs used in the bioinfomatics of NGS data was defined as primary, secondary and tertiary analysis. In Part Three I went into more details on the needs and workflows… Read more »