Category Archives: Add-on scripts & data repository

How we’re curating OMIM: It’s not as easy as you think

Relating human phenotypes to genotypes is the name of the game with OMIM, and as their website says, “is intended for use primarily by physicians and other professionals concerned with genetic disorders, by genetics researchers, and by advanced students in science and medicine.” The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (or OMIM) was originally created by Dr. Victor A. McKusick in… Read more »

Using GRCh38 for Clinical Interpretation: Now Possible with Our Custom LiftOver Tracks

There are many good reasons why the pursuit of the highest quality genomic interpretation would lead you to the latest human reference. It is more complete and fixes incorrect or partially missing genes that have known implications for human disease. While most major projects cataloging human populations have plans to re-do all their genomic alignments to the new human reference… Read more »

Adding RSIDs to your SVS marker mapped spreadsheet

VarSeq Updated

In the new Genotype Imputation tool that is coming soon to SVS, allele encoding is an important part of matching data between the target and the reference panels. If the same platform provider is being used, then A/B encoding can be used. However, it’s better to use the Reference/Alternate allele encoding associated with AGCT format to ensure accuracy. If an… Read more »

Genotype Imputation and Phasing now in SNP & Variation Suite

Genotype Imputation

One of the tools at the top of the toolbox for researchers working with microarray data is genotype imputation. Genotype imputation is the process of inferring the genotype of one or more markers based on the correlation pattern (aka linkage disequilibrium or LD) of the surrounding markers for which genotypes are known. We have now integrated a natively ported version of BEAGLE into Golden… Read more »

Visualizing Meta-Analysis results with a Forest Plot

We have just released SVS version 8.4.2, and included in the release is a new script for visualizing Meta-Analysis results with a Forest Plot. You can find full details on all the new and updated features included with the update in our Release Notes. Release Notes from all our software products can be found on our Support Bulletin web page… Read more »

New and Updated Annotation Tracks Now Available!

In recent months we have been updating our public annotation library to include the most recent versions of existing sources, as well as include new sources. All of these annotation sources are compatible with our three major products, VarSeq, SVS, and GenomeBrowse, and can be used for visualization, annotation, and filtering. dbNSFP NS Functional Predictions 2.8, GHI and dbNSFP Predictions… Read more »

New Plugin for Ion Torrent Server

Golden Helix is proud to announce the release of the Golden Helix GenomeBrowse Plugin for Ion Torrent server. The new plug-in enables adding selected BAM files from Torrent Server reports directly into GenomeBrowse. The BAM files remain on the torrent server and are streamed from the server on demand using your credentials. This feature allows GenomeBrowse users to visualize genomic… Read more »

Two New Regression Scripts

We are excited to let you know about two new scripts to aid in Numeric Regression analysis. Don’t forget about the Technical Support Bulletins which keep you up-to-date on all the latest script news. You can stream this feed via an RSS reader, receive email updates, or see the latest on the SVS splash screen. Linear and Logistic Regression with… Read more »

Back to Basics: Importing/Exporting Data in Imputation Program Data Formats with SVS

In a recent blog post (Comparing BEAGLE, IMPUTE2, and Minimac Imputation Methods for Accuracy, Computation Time, and Memory Usage), Autumn Laughbaum compared three imputation programs. Data can be exported from, or imported into, SVS in the standard file formats for these and other imputation programs. The goal of this blog post will be to review the different tools available to… Read more »

Three New Scripts and Two Updated Ones

We are excited to let you know about new scripts to aid in filtering rows/columns and identifying unique values in a column, as well as two updated scripts. Don’t forget about the Technical Support Bulletins which keep you up-to-date on all the latest script news. You can stream this feed via an RSS reader, receive email updates, or see the… Read more »

New Plant and Animal Genomes and Tracks Now Available!

Happy new year! We hope all of our readers, clients, and users had a great holiday season filled with friends and family! While Golden Helix did take a break from blogging in December, we’ve still been pretty busy bringing you new and exciting things. We’re pleased to announce the addition of genome maps and annotation tracks for two new plant… Read more »

Streamlined Workflow for Identifying Candidate Functional Polymorphisms

Since Dr. Ken Kaufman gave his webcast on Identifying Candidate Functional Polymorphisms in SVS, we’ve been working  with Dr. Kaufman to simplify and automate many of the steps in his workflow.  I touched on this in my last blog post, and I’m excited to report that with Ken’s help, we’ve been able to simplify the workflow even more. In particular… Read more »

New Tools to Simplify the Workflow for Identifying Candidate Functional Polymorphisms in SVS

Dr. Ken Kaufman’s extremely popular webinar inspired us to build new tools that would simplify the process of analyzing whole-exome DNA sequencing data even further.  First I’ll describe the tools showcased in the webcast.  Then I’ll detail the new tools we created to allow for a revised and simplified workflow. Subset Informative Genotypes by Category The Subset Informative Genotypes by… Read more »

New Analysis and Spreadsheet Manipulation Tools in SVS!

The script development team at Golden Helix has been hard at work these past few months and this means several new and exciting tools for our SVS customers!  The scripts featured in this blog post vary in function, from expanding the analytical options currently offered in SVS to transforming and editing spreadsheets.  As always, we invite you to visit our… Read more »

New Features in SVS: Accounting for Sex Chromosomes and Filter Columns by Variant Type

In the last couple of weeks, the SVS Script Repository has seen a handful of new additions.  This blog post highlights three new scripts, but as always, we welcome you to check out our repository regularly to enjoy the new and exciting functionality made possible by our Python integration in SVS! (To get these, or any other scripts, simply go… Read more »

Marker Map Manipulation Improvements in SVS 7.5

Manipulating a marker map in SVS has never been easier, thanks to expanded functionality in SVS 7.5.  Have you ever wanted to view annotation data next to marker map data?  Or expand the current marker map with spreadsheet data to create a custom map?  SVS 7.5 features two new functions that can accomplish these tasks. Adding Annotation Data to a… Read more »

ANOVA, Nonparametric Tests, and More Added to SVS via New Python Capabilities

Our recent blog post about the release of  SNP & Variation Suite v7.4 gave you a sneak peek into what can be achieved with the revamped SVS/Python integration, which includes the incorporation of NumPy and SciPy libraries and new graphical layout capabilities. A Python package (such as SciPy) is similar to an R package, which you may be more familiar… 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 »

New Add-on Scripts Available: BEAGLE & BEAGLECALL Scripts Package

In the ongoing quest to empower our customers with the latest in genetic analysis methods, we are continually releasing new functionality for SNP & Variation Suite 7 in the form of add-on scripts. Add-on scripts are written in Python, a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language similar to Java or Perl. Python provides fully-programmatic access to most aspects of the… Read more »