Category Archives: Customer success

Guest Post: Population Structure & Genetic Improvement in Livestock by Dr. Heather Huson

         July 30, 2014

Genetic improvement in livestock, particularly dairy cattle, has been a priority for both industry and researchers for nearly a century.  While the animal itself is the foundation for improvement, our research and the implementation of improvement has progressed with developing technologies and priorities.  In terms of genetics, we have evolved from basic measures of heritability to identifying specific mutations and… Read more »

Guest Post: Uncovering the Genetic Mechanisms of Common Language Disabilities, by John Eicher

         May 20, 2014

When many people think of learning disabilities such as dyslexia and language impairment, they typically do not think of a biological or medical condition. Even more rarely do people think of these conditions as being the result of biological and genetic phenomena. However, that is exactly what I have thought of every day during my doctoral training in the Department… Read more »

Matthew McClure, PhD Analyzes Genotypic Data to Determine Cattle’s Breeding Potential

         May 13, 2014

For lead geneticist Dr. Matthew McClure, of the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), finding a software program that could handle massive amounts of data as well as more than the standard twenty-three pairs of chromosomes found in humans was a challenge. McClure says, “Agriculture often feels like the black sheep of the genomics industry. The majority of current genetic analysis… Read more »

Guest Post: Finding Rare Pieces of Hay in a Haystack

         August 19, 2013

Utilizing Identical Twins Discordant for Schizophrenia to Uncover de novo Mutations We are living in exciting times – the reality of high-resolution Cand individual genome sequencing now offers renewed hope in the search for the causes of complex diseases. When this technology is combined with genetic relationships, individual sequences add unrivaled proficiency. Our lab is located in London, Ontario, Canada… Read more »

Vanessa Hayes, PhD and Desiree Petersen, PhD Use Population Genetics to Dig into Mankind’s Roots

         June 26, 2013

Humans are said to have a 0.1% rate of diversity, seemingly small, but actually quite significant when considering the future of personalized medicine. Gaining a deeper understanding of this genetic variance can help determine susceptibility to disease as well as medicinal response and outcomes. One-third of human genetic diversity can be found in a likely contender for the birthplace of… Read more »

Robert Kleta, MD, PhD and His Newly-Formed Team Publish in The New England Journal of Medicine in a Few Short Months with SVS

         May 16, 2013

Thirteen years ago, Dr. Robert Kleta had never heard of a genome-wide association study (GWAS), let alone considered doing one. Now, Dr. Kleta and his colleagues at the University College of London regularly publish articles in The New England Journal of Medicine and other journals on the genetics of rare diseases and their associated phenotypes. States Kleta, “For rare diseases,… Read more »

Dr. Folefac Aminkeng Saves Time and Increases Productivity with SVS to Study the Pharmacogenomics of Adverse Drug Reactions in Cancer Therapy

         October 17, 2012

Dr. Folefac Aminkeng is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He utilizes GWAS studies to identify single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that might be associated with serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in cancer therapeutics. The field of pharmacogenomics—how one’s genetic makeup affects drug response—has grown exponentially… Read more »

Peter K. Gregersen, MD Puts Analytical Power in the Hands of the Biologist with SVS

         August 21, 2012

Dr. Peter K. Gregersen, head of the Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, utilizes GWAS, targeted arrays, and sequencing technologies to identify genes associated with human autoimmune disorders. The arrival of the GWAS platform in the mid-2000’s greatly accelerated the pace of gene discovery—as well as accelerating the number of… Read more »

Dr. Ken Kaufman’s Webcast on Exome Sequencing Wildly Successful

         August 9, 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for a webcast by Dr. Ken Kaufman of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: “Identification of Candidate Functional Polymorphism Using Trio Family Whole Exome DNA Data.” Over 750 people registered for this event and 430 attended – a new Golden Helix record! If you missed the webcast (or would like to watch it again), the… Read more »

“Easy-to-Use” SNP & Variation Suite Assists John Curtin, PhD in Uncovering Genetic Associations for Asthma and Allergies

         July 10, 2012

Dr. John Curtin is a Lecturer in Functional Genomics at the University of Manchester where he works with a large team studying the development of asthma in a birth cohort. This group has received data on study subjects periodically for over a decade including before birth. Given how much data there is, data management is a big deal to Dr…. Read more »

Agrigenomic Researcher at U.C. Davis, Gonzalo Rincon, DVM, and Colleagues Publish 14 Articles and Obtain 2 Patents Using SVS

         June 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: This case study was written while Dr. Gonzalo Rincon was with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rincon is now working as a Principal Investigator in Animal Genetics at Zoetis. Gonzalo Rincon, DVM is a Project Scientist in the Medrano Lab, part of the Department of Animal Science, at the University of California, Davis. While the lab works… Read more »

Researcher Uses SVS for Pharmacogenetic Associations for 10 Years

         April 11, 2012

Dr. Julia Pinsonneault is a Research Scientist at The Ohio State University where she works to find biomarkers that guide effective treatment. Published recently in Neuropsychopharmacology, Julia has found success using SVS to find novel associations that move her research forward. Usually managing 3-5 research projects at a time from various cohorts, she found time in her busy schedule this… Read more »

Can SVS Help Plant Genetics Researchers too? You betcha!

         December 20, 2011

Dr. Raman Babu is a Maize Molecular Breeder at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Like his counterparts conducting human genetic research, Babu used to rely entirely on free, open-source tools to complete his work. Frustrated with continual crashes and technology that was developed in the pre-SNP era, Babu switched to SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) almost a… Read more »

Wondering what SVS can do for a PhD student? Just ask Sander.

         September 14, 2011

Sander van der Laan is like many Ph.D. students in the genomic analysis space. He has a lot of data and a lot of ideas about how to analyze it. His professor wants results. He’s the only one doing genetics (everyone else in his department is doing proteomics), so there’s always too much to do. And he finds command-line tools… Read more »

Recent Publications on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Bovine Calving Ease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and much more

         March 29, 2011

We’ve had another busy few weeks for Golden Helix customers who have been hard at work publishing in all sorts of journals on all sorts of topics. (All abstracts below.) First off, from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, “Replication of association of a novel insulin receptor gene polymorphism with polycystic ovary syndrome” was recently in Fertility and Sterility with… Read more »

Recent Publications on Asthma, Schizophrenia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer Disease, and Esophageal Cancer

         February 17, 2011

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, we’ve had a lot of customers publishing in the first six weeks of 2011. We are always excited to hear about about our customers’ findings and how they were able to use SNP & Variation Suite to accelerate their research. (All abstracts below.) First, in the pharma world, congrats… Read more »

Recent Publications on Schizophrenia, Cocaine Abuse, Childhood IgA Nephropathy, CNV Regions, and Genetic Variants in Metabolic Traits

         January 5, 2011

Happy New Year! Golden Helix customers published 92 papers in 2010 unveiling new associations and novel findings using SNP and Variation Suite – a great feat for all! We anticipate an even more “significant” 2011. Wrapping up last year, congrats to Subba Rao Indugula, Guangyun Sun, and Ranjan Deka over at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for their… Read more »

Recent Publications on Type 2 Diabetic Retinopathy, Grapevine Flavor, Pulminary Function, and Pharmacogenetics Testing

         November 30, 2010

Let’s kick off this month’s recognition with Audrey Papp and Wolfgang Sadee at Ohio State University for their work on “Flavopiridol Pharmacogenetics: Clinical and Functional Evidence for the Role of SLCO1B1/OATP1B1 in Flavopiridol Disposition” just published in PLoS ONE. (All abstracts below.) Also in pharmacogenetics (albeit in mice) this month is Tristan Sissung at the NIH National Cancer Research. His… Read more »

Recent Publications on Bladder Cancer, Schizophrenia, Childhood IgA Nephropathy, and Ancestry Markers

         November 5, 2010

Recognition this month begins with Eric Londin at Coriell Institute for Medical Research for his publication in PLoS ONE: “CoAIMs: A Cost-Effective Panel of Ancestry Informative Markers for Determining Continental Origins.” (Abstract below). Also recently published in PLoS ONE is Chiara Magri with Brescia University School of Medicine on her study locating new CNVs in schizophrenia. (Abstract below) Skipping over… Read more »