Customer Publications; Spotlight on Congenital Defects and Early Development

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In these very uncertain times, it has been uplifting to read the wonderful work Golden Helix customers have been doing across the globe! This month, the focus of this blog is on published articles relating to congenital defects and early development. Congratulations to all our customers who have published papers and please enjoy a small sampling of their work. To… Read more »

New eBook Release: Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens

This morning I released a new eBook titled “Genetic Analysis of the COVID-19 Virus and Other Pathogens“.  The COVID-19 pandemic is reaching historic proportions. We are dealing with an infectious disease that is caused by a novel coronavirus we discovered just a few months ago. Since then, it has brought healthcare systems to the brink, it altered how we work,… Read more »

Upcoming Webcast: Using Varseq Templates to Advance and Customize Variant Analysis

Golden Helix ships a variety of templates that are designed to provide a starting point for users to evaluate variants in VarSeq. Naturally, as users become more familiar with the software, there is a desire and necessity to tailor the template design to accommodate a more thorough variant analysis. To add to these template customizations there are several algorithms and… Read more »

Golden Helix’s Virtual ACMG 2020 Booth

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In lieu of ACMG 2020 making the absolute necessary decision to cancel this year’s conference, we created our Virtual ACMG 2020 Booth! Even though it will never compare to the real deal, we hope you enjoy this blog post containing a few events we had planned for this week in San Antonio, Texas. To start, let us paint the picture… Read more »

COVID-19 Remote Assistance Program for Golden Helix Users

At Golden Helix, customer support is our number one priority. This support also includes the health and safety of all the members of our community. During this time of uncertainty, we first want to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the healthcare industry around the globe, working so hard to conquer this outbreak. Secondly, we realize a significant portion of our… Read more »

Golden Helix Named as Top 10 World’s Most Trust Worthy Bioanalysis Companies in 2020

Today, CIO Look announced their collection of the Top 10 World’s Most Trust Worthy Bioanalysis Companies in 2020. We are incredibly honored to have received this award and being recognized amongst the top biotech companies! You can access the publication here: https://ciolook.com/golden-helix-inc-empowering-healthcare-organizations-with-industry-leading-next-generation-sequencing-analysis-software/. As always, we would not be receiving this recognition without the incredible support from our community. Thank you… Read more »

Updated VSReports Project Templates

Generating a clinical report is the final step of most NGS pipelines and is important as it relays results and information to legacy systems, physicians and ultimately the patient. As reporting is a valuable process, Golden Helix offers reporting capabilities according to the ACMG and AMP guidelines but also as a standalone feature in VSReports. VSReports is a platform that… Read more »

Webcast Recap: Drugs & Trials for Cancer Diagnostics

Introducing Drugs & Trials for Cancer Diagnostics VSClinical offers enormous simplicity and consistency in evaluating biomarkers and providing treatment options. Last month, we announced our newest feature to now include the automated collection of relevant clinical trials. The new capability was unveiled in our “Introducing Drugs & Trials for Cancer Diagnostics” webcast with Nathan Fortier, Ph.D., Director of Research, showing… Read more »

VarSeq Cancer Gene Panel Tutorial

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At Golden Helix, we want our new users to hit the ground running with VarSeq and not spend oodles of time getting started building and automating their workflows. To achieve this goal, our team has generated blogs, webcasts, and tutorials that explain and demonstrate workflows that are possible with VarSeq. Each VarSeq tutorial offers step by step instruction in which… Read more »

Customer Publications Throughout February 2020

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Our customers are making great contributions to human research and precision medicine every month! In February, VarSeq’s Clinical Suite dominated the published works citing Golden Helix. It is an honor for us to be at the forefront of so many important genetic investigations and we appreciate the efforts of those who work for the greater good. Read further to see… Read more »

Powerful Cohort Analysis with VarSeq’s Count Alleles Algorithm

Although VarSeq is intentionally designed to be a clinical NGS pipeline tool able to run a handful or even single samples through, we have many users who run large cohort style studies with the tool as well. One common use is to compare case/control data to isolate variants shared among affected individuals and exclude those in unaffected. One incredibly powerful… Read more »

VarSeq CNV Caller Tutorial

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Since the initial release of the CNV algorithms in VarSeq, our team has created a variety of content to help users get started with building their CNV projects. In our webcast library, you can find a few of our recent webcasts in 2019 covering CNV workflows and validation: Clinical Validation of Copy Number Variants Using the AMP Guidelines CNV Annotations:… Read more »

2020 Abstract Competition Winners

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2020 Abstract Competition Winners

We would like to thank everyone who entered our 2020 Abstract Competition. It is wonderful to read about the different ways Golden Helix software is being applied around the world. It is our pleasure to announce this year’s winners! First Place: Dr. Robert Hamilton and Priyanka Kugamoorthy – SickKids Yearly Clinical Review of a Patient’s WGS Results Leads to a… Read more »

Cyber Security Strategies for NGS Testing Labs: Part IV

Golden Helix is in a unique position to provide a secure on-premise analysis solution. This capability is based on two enablers. First, we build our software solutions from scratch and from the ground-up with the assumption that it should run on any operating system and potentially behind firewalls or even without internet access. Second, we provide these solutions on a licensing model based on training and supporting users, not… Read more »

Golden Helix Recognized as one of the Top 60 Genetics Blogs on the Web

We are incredibly grateful to be recognized as one of the Top 60 Genetics Blogs on the Web by Feedspot. Our team is dedicated to educating our readers on how our solutions can help enable precision medicine, and we are so honored to have received this recognition.  On our blog, you will discover posts touching on important topics, like cyber security strategies,… Read more »

Cyber Security Strategies for NGS Testing Labs: Part III

There is no shortage of actors in cyberspace who can be a potential threat to an organization. The list ranges from high schoolers who want to put newly acquired skills to the test, employees or partners who have access to the company network, to professional hackers who intend to hold data hostage or plan to resell information. On the highest-end, some state-financed actors extend their… Read more »

Updated GRCh38 VarSeq Project Templates

As many of our users know, VarSeq comes shipped with various project templates that are designed to give users a baseline workflow to get started with their projects. These templates are tailored for various applications including tumor-normal, trios, cancer and hereditary gene panels, and ACMG Guidelines workflows. The templates contain application-specific annotation sources and algorithms that will automatically load into… Read more »

Cyber Security Strategies for NGS Testing Labs: Part II

Data and security breaches are a fact of life. Organizations are aware of the threats and putting their best efforts up to prevent them as much as possible. Industries across the entire spectrum have been exposed in recent years. I will go through a few examples to show how pervasive this issue has become.  Target  One prominent data breach occurred in… Read more »

Customer Publications Throughout January 2020

2020 has started strong for Golden Helix customers who are engaged in research projects! We are delighted to see so many publications in January citing our products. As always, we are proud to be a part of these scientific discoveries as well as many others, too numerous to mention! With depth impossible to capture in a few words, I encourage… Read more »

Customizing Your VSClinical Workflow: Part II

Customizing VSClinical ACMG Guidelines Workflow Part 2  In the first part of this series, we covered how VarSeq provides customization of the clinical analysis workflow process. VSClinical’s various customization parameters within the ACMG Guidelines workflow includes the choice of how the internal knowledge base of previous variant interpretations are stored and what considerations go into this choice. In this blog, we… Read more »