Golden Helix End-of-Year Bundles 2020

         November 17, 2020

Special pricing offers on our End-of-Year software bundles. It’s that time of year again! Golden Helix End-of-Year bundles have been released. We are currently offering our industry-leading products in special bundles for you to simplify and accelerate your current workflows. Whether analyzing and classifying variants, detecting large copy number variant events, or automating your workflow, our software bundles have options… Read more »

New Algorithm: Variants Matching Current Sample

         November 12, 2020
New Algorithm: Variants Matching Current Sample

Those of you who have been attending our recent webcasts have learned about our upcoming VarSeq release. A part of that release will be an additional algorithm that will annotate variants matching the current sample. If you are not familiar with these webcasts, here are several on-demand webcasts I recommend to get you familiar with these new features: Evaluating Copy… Read more »

Webcast Recap: Evaluation of CNVs with VSClinical’s New ACMG Guideline Workflow

         November 10, 2020

In the webcast, Evaluation of Copy Number Variants with VSClinical’s New ACMG Guideline Workflow, we discussed how VSClinical implements Section 4 of the ACMG guidelines. Specifically, we focused on integrating literature and publications to assess the pathogenicity of a CNV event when there was a lack of dosage sensitivity information. One of the primary pieces of evidence for evaluating genes… Read more »

Updated Annotation: BRCA Exchange

         October 30, 2020

Our team is regularly updating and curating annotations, most recently the BRCA Exchange. Breast cancer is known to occur in approximately 10% of the female population and if there is a damaging mutation in the breast cancer gene (BRCA), that rate increases to 65%. Although genetic testing can identify mutations in BRCA, a tumor suppressor gene, it has been difficult… Read more »

Golden Helix’s Virtual 2020 Conference Booth

         October 27, 2020

In lieu of conferences making the absolutely necessary decision to cancel this year’s conference, we created our Virtual 2020 Conference 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 this year. To start, let us paint the picture with some of our favorite conference… Read more »

Upcoming VS-CNV Update: CNV Event Reporting with ACMG Guidelines

         October 22, 2020

Golden Helix is excited to release an upcoming VSClinical feature that allows users to analyze next-generation sequencing (NGS) CNV event reporting with ACMG guidelines. This feature will be the first in the NGS workspace to allow this capability and if you are curious about the functionalities you can get a sneak peek by looking at some of our most recent… Read more »

Webcast Recap: A User’s Perspective: ACMG Guidelines for CNVs in VSClinical

         October 16, 2020

Our previous webcast from VP Gabe Rudy in September exposed us to some fundamentals of this years’ updated Technical standards for the interpretation and reporting of constitutional copy-number variants: a joint consensus recommendation of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen). This recent webcast was dedicated to breaking down these new guidelines… Read more »

Annotate your VarSeq Projects with REVEL

         October 6, 2020

Typically, researchers are looking for rare variants in their next generation sequencing datasets. However, most of the nonsynonymous variants have unknown significance because there is an inherent difficulty in validating large numbers of rare variants or even detecting rare variants with high statistical power. In lieu of this issue, computational tools are needed as they accurately predict the pathogenicity of… Read more »

VarSeq’s NGS Panel Workflow: COL4A2 Variant from an Intellectual Disability Panel

         October 1, 2020

A common discussion with our customers includes the challenges with the tertiary stage of analyzing next-gen sequencing data. This is the stage where all data from gene panels, exome, or whole genome scale pass through filters to quickly isolate the clinically relevant variant contributing to a patient disorder. Golden Helix has recognized these challenges in the scale of data and… Read more »

Discoveries in Human Medicine Continue Amid the Ongoing Pandemic

         September 29, 2020
customer

As the world is consumed by the ongoing pandemic, it is easy to forget that there are investigators all around the globe that continue to make important discoveries in human medicine. Below are a few examples that remind us there are those that persevere in their chosen fields of study despite the trying times. At Golden Helix, we continue to… Read more »

Controlling Your Preferred Transcripts for Clinical Interpretation

         September 24, 2020
VSClinical algorithm

Did you know you can control your preferred transcript settings for clinical interpretation in VSClinical? Your lab is analyzing the DNA of a tissue sample from a patient with small cell lung cancer. The lab technician has imported the patient data into VSClinical to detect clinically relevant variants and evaluate and score these according to the AMP Guidelines, as well… Read more »

Advanced Plotting Capabilities with GenomeBrowse

         September 22, 2020

In this blog update, I’ll be walking you through some of the advanced plotting capabilities with GenomeBrowse. The strategy with any next-gen sequencing analysis is to filter down to interesting variants for either research or clinical conclusion. Golden Helix produces powerful software specifically tailored for this efficient and comprehensive search for interesting and clinically relevant variants. One additional advantage of… Read more »

Variant Analysis of Bechet Disease Using VSClinical

         September 15, 2020

VSClinical is a feature to evaluate clinically relevant variants according to the ACMG or AMP guidelines. This feature can also be used to identify if a variant has been observed previously or evaluate a manually inserted variant. Take, for example, the scenario where a colleague is interested to see if you have seen any variants associated with Bechet syndrome, which… Read more »

Webcast Recap: VSClinical: First Commercial Product to Integrate the Updated ACMG Guidelines for CNVs

         September 15, 2020

In our recent webcast announcing the upcoming release of VarSeq VSClinical and the implementation of the ACMG guidelines for NGS CNVs, we had a number of live questions we didn’t get a chance to cover at the end of the presentation. I will follow up on those questions in this blog post. But first, if you didn’t get a chance to join us for… Read more »

2020 T-Shirt Design Competition Winners

         September 8, 2020
T-Shirt Design Competition

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2020 t-shirt design competition. It was great to see the amount of creativity our community expressed and was certainly a tough decision to make! We are pleased to announce this year’s winners: First Place – Michaela Lucas Michaela Lucas is a senior graphic design student at The Pennsylvania State University…. Read more »

Updates to dbSNP 154 v2

         September 3, 2020

In the 1990s the genetic industry voiced a request for a variant catalog that incorporates associated variant information such as phenotypic and metabolic pathways. The call was answered by NCBI, which created dbSNP; dbSNP became publicly available in 1998 and around 1.5 million variants. Fast forward to the present and dbSNP now contains over 2 billion SNPs spanning human, rat,… Read more »

Golden Helix’s NGS-Solutions for Clinical Variant Analysis: VSWarehouse

         August 27, 2020
VSWarehouse Updates

We have now reached the final blog of the NGS-Solutions for Clinical Variant Analysis series. Part I of this series explored the capture of variant classifications in the VSClinical environment when following the ACMG and AMP guidelines. Part II was similar in content but for the capture of clinically relevant copy number variants as well as using a CNV catalog… Read more »

Golden Helix gets full marks in ClinGen’s list of Genomic Analysis Software Platforms

         August 26, 2020
Clinical Genome Resource

The potential of genetic testing to impact a patient’s life has been greatly accelerated by the sharing of variant interpretations done by clinical labs in public repositories such as ClinVar. This is not an inevitable outcome, but the persistent work and advocacy of people like Dr. Heidi Rehm and organizations like ClinGen. We recently participated in a survey and vetting… Read more »

SVS 8.9.0 Release Notes

         August 24, 2020
Eigenvalue Decomposition

SVS 8.9.0 was released on August 19th and features a new GBLUP by Bin feature and a new utility to find the LD scores of markers and categorize them into bins, along with several mixed-model upgrades and many other upgrades, fixes, and polishes. The two new features LD Score Computation and Binning and Compute GBLUP Using Bins, while they can… Read more »