Update from MAGES 2014

         June 23, 2014

The 2014 MAGES Conference hosted in Philadelphia brought out the shining stars in Statistical Genetics, along with a variety of approaches and difficulties researchers in the field are facing. Being my first MAGES event, I did not know what to expect; however, I was thoroughly impressed and am excited to go back next year. Some of the topics that seemed… Read more »

2014 Golden Helix Summer School

         June 12, 2014

We are incredibly excited to sponsor the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School (not directly affiliated with Golden Helix, Inc. (us)), hosted on the island of Aegina, Greece, from September 11th-15th, 2014.  This year’s theme is “Pharmacogenomics and Genomic Medicine: Bridging research and the clinic” and will focus on disciplines within genomic medicine. The Golden Helix Summer School, conducted annually, is a… Read more »

Here’s Your Chance to Design a Golden Helix T-shirt!

         June 4, 2014

Over the last few years, it’s clear that our t-shirts are loved. But the time has come for some fresh designs and we are looking to our customers and community for inspiration. Do you have a brilliant idea in mind for a Golden Helix t-shirt? Great! You should enter our first ever t-shirt contest! It’s pretty easy really; draw it… Read more »

Two New Regression Scripts

         May 29, 2014

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 »

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 »

Genomics in the City of Brotherly Love

         April 30, 2014

Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly love, home of the Philadelphia cheesesteak, and home to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who took the No. 1 spot in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. We are honored (and excited!) to sponsor this year’s Mid-Atlantic Epidemiology and Statistics (MAGES) Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. MAGES will… Read more »

GenomeBrowse 2.0 Is Here!

         April 21, 2014

The developers at Golden Helix have raised the bar again with the release of GenomeBrowe 2.0. About a year and a half after the initial release, Golden Helix has expanded the functionality of GenomeBrowse to fulfill feature requests from both fundamental research investigators and translational scientists who require a visualization tool to gain key insight into their results. The Golden… Read more »

A Transcription Factor for GenomeBrowse: Using Evernote to enable sharing genomic analysis

         April 15, 2014

Science is a collaborative endeavor. Rarely is it in isolation that new discovery takes place. Unfortunately, using a computer to perform analysis is almost always a solitary activity. Sharing what you have found with members of your team often means squeezing around a small 13” glowing rectangle. While looking at the same screen has its place, being able to save… Read more »

Adding Value Through Golden Helix Services

         April 9, 2014

As I write this article, Golden Helix has hundreds of clients in top research institutions world-wide. The adoption of our product at these institutions ranges from a few individual users to site licenses used by entire organizations. Because of the quality of SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) and GenomeBrowse, our competence in the field is recognized, and increasingly our clients… Read more »

Preparing the Next Generation of Genetic Researchers

         March 25, 2014

New breakthroughs are being made every day in genomics. It’s a dynamic and fascinating industry, and with exceptional growth forecast in the DNA sequencing market, a new generation of people are entering the field: future researchers, clinicians, counselors and doctors. This new generation will need to learn not only the science, but also understand how to process the massive amounts… Read more »

First Golden Helix Research Competition a Great Success!

         February 28, 2014

And the Winners Are… We recently held our first ever research competition at Golden Helix – what a success! We received over 50 submissions from more than 20 different countries. And just as the countries varied, so did the research. Abstracts involved both DNA and RNA sequencing, GWAS (nope, it’s still not dead), and copy number variation. Subjects ranged from… Read more »

The New Human Genome Reference and Clinical Grade Annotations: It’s All About the Coordinates

         February 17, 2014

On my flight back from this year’s Molecular Tri-Conference in San Francisco, I couldn’t help but ruminate over the intriguing talks, engaging round table discussions, and fabulous dinners with fellow speakers. And I kept returning to the topic of how we aggregate, share, and update data in the interest of understanding our genomes. Of course, there were many examples of… Read more »

Public Data? What’s that good for anyway?

         February 12, 2014

Dr. Bryce Christensen recently gave a webcast on Maximizing Public Data Sources for Sequencing and GWAS Studies in which he covered options for getting GWAS and sequence information online, tips for working with these datasets and what you’ll see in terms of data quality and usefulness, how to use public data sources in conjunction with your GWAS or sequence study… Read more »

Fun in the Sun – Headed to Tri-Con and AGBT next week

         February 5, 2014

Weather.com currently says it feels like -24 degrees outside (yes, that’s negative) here in Bozeman, Montana. Which is why I’m more than a little jealous of Gabe Rudy and Andreas Scherer who get to go to San Francisco and Marco Island next week, respectively, where the weather is little more… well, let’s say… reasonable. Andreas will be headed to Marco… Read more »

Turning SRA Files Into Usable BAMs and VCFs

         January 21, 2014

In our recent webcast, Advancing Agrigenomic Discoveries with Sequencing and GWAS Research, Greta Linse Peterson featured bovine data which she download from the NCBI website. The data was downloaded in SRA format and in order to analyze the data in SVS, the files had to be converted to BAMs and then merged into a single VCF file. Since many of… Read more »

Bringing Powerful Analytic Software to Ontario

         January 15, 2014

At Golden Helix our number one priority is empowering genetic researchers world-wide with software tools that are as effective as they are robust. So needless to say, we are thrilled to announce a recent collaboration with the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI), a not-for-profit organization focused on driving and catalyzing the life sciences industry in Ontario. Through this exciting partnership, we… Read more »

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

         December 31, 2013

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 »

All I Want for Christmas Is a New File Format for Genomics

         December 16, 2013

Tis the season of quiet, productive hours. I’ve been spending a lot of mine thinking about file formats. Actually, I’ve been spending mine implementing a new one, but more on that later. File formats are amazingly important in big data science. In genomics, it is hard not to be awed by how successful the BAM file format is. I thought… Read more »