Golden Helix’s NGS-Solutions for Clinical Variant Analysis: VarSeq’s CNV Frequency Assessment Catalogs

         August 20, 2020

Our software solutions and partners have brought dramatic improvements to the secondary and tertiary analysis stages of variant evaluation. Regarding secondary analysis, we’ve discussed increased efficiencies in speed and overall accuracy in the variant calling process with Sentieon. On the tertiary side, we have explored numerous workflows in VarSeq highlighting filtration to clinically relevant variants, as well as the automated… Read more »

Golden Helix Announces New Workflow for the Interpretation and Reporting of Copy Number Variants in Concordance with the Recently Updated ACMG Guidelines

         August 18, 2020

The detection and interpretation of Copy Number Variants (CNVs) is vital for the clinical evaluation of individuals with a wide range of disorders. Golden Helix has remained at the forefront of CNVs in Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) data since 2016 with the release of VS-CNV, our solution that allows you to both detect and analyze CNVs directly from NGS data. Earlier… Read more »

New eBook Update: Genetic Data Warehousing – Second Edition

         August 17, 2020
free ebook on genetic data warehousing

This morning I released a new version of my eBook “Genetic Data Warehousing – Second Edition.” As Next-Generation Sequencing is taking off in the clinic, it creates a significant data management issue for clinicians, scientists, and IT professionals alike. How can we retain the massive amounts of data coming out of clinical pipelines in a way that enables labs to… Read more »

Golden Helix’s NGS-Solutions for Clinical Variant Analysis: VSClinical’s Assessment Catalog

         August 14, 2020

It doesn’t take much effort to find articles discussing the value of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). There is a consistent tone amongst authors that implementing NGS pipelines are critical for clinical efficiency in both hereditary disorders and somatic. However, NGS strategies do not come without their own challenges. Challenges include not only the detection and calling of high quality/probability variants from… Read more »

Golden Helix Named on Inc 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for 2nd Consecutive Year

         August 12, 2020

Golden Helix has secured its reputation as a global leader in Next-Generation Sequencing solutions for over two decades. Today, we have been included in the esteemed Inc. 5000 list of rapidly growing American companies. Out of the 6 million business in the United States, Golden Helix has been honored with a spot in the annual list for the 2nd consecutive… Read more »

Case Study with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey: Researching the Impact of HLA on COVID-19 Patients with SNP & Variation Suite

         August 8, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic ferociously spread across the globe bringing our daily lives to a quick halt – desks, streets, and towns nearly empty as our world united together to help “flatten the curve”. While most of us were introduced to remote work, medical workers from all different specialties were called upon to help treat and test COVID-19 patients. One long… Read more »

Building Gene Panels in VarSeq: Missense Variant in TP53

         August 6, 2020

Golden Helix software provides huge analytic gain in handling large-scale genomic data. For example, a number of VarSeq users run cohort projects of whole genome level data processing hundreds of millions of variants at a time. However, many of our users are running gene panel level data for custom panels related to cancer (both hereditary and somatic), autism, cardiac, and… Read more »

Kaviar and Allele Frequency Aggregator (ALFA): the databases you didn’t know existed in VarSeq.

         August 4, 2020

In the search for disease causing mutations it is important to determine if the variant has been previously observed in humans and at what frequency. With the advent of increasing genomic information, there is now a variety of different databases and annotation sources that can be utilized. For some, this could be a tedious task that leads only to implementing… Read more »

Customer Publications Throughout July 2020

         July 30, 2020
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In this month’s Customer Publications blog post, our VarSeq software is taking center stage! From whole exome sequencing to copy number variant calling, VarSeq can be used for a range of scientific investigations. Although this blog features several examples of cancer investigations in human patients, it’s interesting to see how this platform can be utilized in a variety of investigational… Read more »

WT1 Mutations: Side-by-Side Germline and Somatic Variant Evaluation in VSClinical

         July 28, 2020

It is common knowledge that variants can be germline or somatic depending on whether the variant was inherited or acquired after birth. A well-known example is cancer-causing mutations in the BRCA genes, wherein the mutation may or may not have been inherited. Understanding the origin of the cancer-causing mutation is important when assessing potential treatment options as well as identifying… Read more »

Coming to SVS: LiftOver Capability

         July 23, 2020

The world has been making a shift to use GRCh38 human genome reference coordinates, but the transition has not been fast. Many of the mainstay human catalog projects are changing to use native GRCh38 catalogs, or are remapping their current data to GRCh38 coordinates. While this seems to be the advancing goal, it is leaving researchers and analysts with the… Read more »

Webcast Recap: Whole Genome Trait Association in SVS

         July 21, 2020
VS-CNV Annotations

Thank you to everyone who joined our webcast, “Whole Genome Trait Association in SVS.” If you missed the live event and are interested in knowing what we talked about, you may access the recorded event below: Our Live Q&A generated a lot of great questions. Unfortunately, we were unable to answer them all, but we have compiled some of the… Read more »

Using the AMP Guidelines for Rhabdoid Tumor Analysis in VSClinical

         July 15, 2020

Introduction: Malignant Rhabdoid tumors (MRT) are among the most aggressive and lethal forms of infant and child cancer (1). These tumors are characterized by an unusual combination of mixed cellular elements similar to but not typical of teratomas and can originate at any anatomic location. When MRTs are present in the brain, they are called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT), which… Read more »

Featured in The Journal of Precision Medicine: Diagnosing and Tracking COVID-19 Infections Leveraging Next-Gen Sequencing

         July 8, 2020

It is an honor to be published in The Journal of Precision Medicine’s June/July 2020 issue in an article co-authored by Dr. Christiane Scherer and myself, “Diagnosing and Tracking COVID-19 Infections Leveraging Next-Gen Sequencing.” In this article, I detail: The key facts about COVID-19, reviewing the epidemiology, reservoir hosts, transmission routes, and clinical manifestation. Answering the question of how Next-Generation Sequencing can… Read more »

Golden Helix Featured in Various Publications

         July 8, 2020

Golden Helix has been incredibly fortunate to have been featured in a variety of publications over these last six months. Topics span from the history and future of our company to several new use cases for our solutions that extend into the infectious disease space, recently coming to fruition with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so grateful to have received… Read more »

Customer Publications Throughout June 2020

         June 25, 2020
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As I prepared to write the Customer Publication blog this month, I was excited by the number of recently published papers that stood as examples of how both VarSeq and SVS software are employed to advance diagnostics and treatments in human medicine. We often think of SVS as the go-to platform for Agrigenomics, however both of our platforms have broad… Read more »

Golden Helix’s 2020 T-Shirt Competition Begins

         June 23, 2020

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year; Golden Helix’s Annual T-Shirt Design Competition is starting! If you’d like to participate, simply send a sketch of your design to marketing@goldenhelix.com. Don’t forget about the sweet prizes we’re handing out for the top three designs: First Place: $300 Second Place: $200 Third Place: $100 Deadline: August 25, 2020 How It Works Draw it… Read more »

Featured in Clinical OMICs: Enabling Precision Medicine with Cutting-Edge NGS Technologies

         June 22, 2020
Clinical OMICs May/June 2020

It is an honor to be featured in the Clinical OMICs May/June 2020 issue in a Q&A with the Editor discussing the past, present, and future of Golden Helix. In this article, I detail: Our most significant success throughout the past five years How our products differentiate Golden Helix in the market Our most significant opportunities in the next five years. If… Read more »

CADD Scores: New and Improved v1.4 and v1.5

         June 18, 2020

The University of Washington’s Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion (CADD) algorithm measures the deleteriousness of genetic variants. This includes single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNVs) and short insertions and deletions (indels) throughout the human reference genome assembly. This algorithm was introduced in 2014 and has since become one of the most widely used tools to assess human genetic variation. Since 2014, the algorithm has been… Read more »

Exporting Genes as Exon Regions in VS-CNV

         June 16, 2020
CNV Het Deletion

We have had many customers come to us over the years with a simple problem: they have BAM files for whole exome or gene panel data and would like to call CNVs using VarSeq’s powerful CNV calling capabilities, but they don’t have a bed file defining the target regions for their samples. To address this problem, we have developed a… Read more »