Category Archives: Plant & animal

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 »

Using GWAS to Improve the Economics of the Aquaculture Industry

Recently, customer Xin Geng of Auburn University published a paper using SVS, and we wanted to share his story with you. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you would like to learn more about SVS at info@goldenhelix.com. For PhD graduate student Xin Geng, conducting Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) to uncover the quantitative trait… Read more »

An Introduction to Dr. Ralucu Mateescu

A few months ago in Golden Helix’s 2nd Annual Abstract Challenge, Dr. Raluca Mateescu tied for third place with her entry on the palatability of beef. We mentioned in our previous post highlighting all of the challenge winners that Dr. Mateescu would be presenting her work for the Golden Helix community and the time has come! Next week for our… Read more »

Genomic Prediction and How it’s Used

Golden Helix is excited to host a webinar on Tuesday August 26th discussing the Genomic Prediction methods which were recently integrated into the SVS software. Genomic prediction uses several pieces of information when calculating its results. Genetic information is used to predict the phenotype or trait for the individuals. The phenotypic trait data can be provided for a subset or for all… Read more »

SVS 8.2 – New Capabilities and Features

Earlier this year we completed the marriage of SVS and GenomeBrowse. When we released Version 8 of SVS we completed a major engineering task. A lot of things under the hood of both products had been changed to create a seamless experience for our users. The new and improved SVS platform is based on a technology stack that allows us… Read more »

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

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 »

Population Structure + Genetic Background + Environment = Mixed Model

A few months ago, our CEO, Christophe Lambert, directed me toward an interesting commentary published in Nature Reviews Genetics by authors Bjarni J. Vilhjalmsson and Magnus Nordborg.  Population structure is frequently cited as a major source of confounding in GWAS, but the authors of the article suggest that the problems often blamed on population structure actually result from the environment… 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 »

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

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 »

Can SVS Help Plant Genetics Researchers too? You betcha!

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 »

New Plant/Animal Genomes and Annotation Tracks Now Available

Recently we have expanded our annotation track offerings with new human variant frequency catalogs such as the 1000 Genomes Phase 1 Data. Of course, we also curate data for plant and animal genomes – some of which are currently available in our software and some of which will be available in our next release. In this blog post, I will… Read more »