Clinical Variant Analysis: Part II

Clinical Variant Analysis – Classification Criteria of Pathogenic Variants The ACMG Guidelines are utilized for the interpretation of variants. They are primarily applied to diagnose suspected inherited (primarily Mendelian) disorders in a clinical diagnostic laboratory setting. While evaluating variants no matter what the origin, it is important to distinguish between variants that are pathogenic (i.e., causative) for a disease and a… Read more »

Clinical Variant Analysis: Part I

Clinical Variant Analysis – Applying ACMG Guidelines to Analyze Germline Diseases The clinical interpretation of genetic variants is time-consuming and requires strict attention to detail. Clinicians must thoroughly review any variants that could potentially cause disease using a complex set of guidelines. There are guidelines for the interpretation of variants relating to hereditary risk, germline diagnostics issued by the American… Read more »

New eBook Release: Clinical Variant Analysis

I am excited to announce the release of my new eBook “Clinical Variant Analysis – Applying ACMG Guidelines to Analyze Germline Diseases“! You can download your complimentary by clicking on the button below. The clinical interpretation of variants in Next-Gen Sequencing is a quickly evolving field. While the body of knowledge is growing exponentially, experts have to derive sound, clinical decisions leveraging an… Read more »

Case Study: Odense University Hospital

The Department of Clinical Genetics at Odense University Hospital offers a variety of genetic analyses for families of syndromic children and other inherited conditions, averaging 4,000 genetic analyses per year. In 2016, the lab decided to introduce whole exome sequencing to their offerings to take over a lot of the work they were currently conducting via gene panel analysis. They… Read more »

How To: VarSeq VCF Import

      Darby Kammeraad    February 5, 2019    No Comments on How To: VarSeq VCF Import
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The Beginning of Your Tertiary Analysis VarSeq is designed to be your NGS tertiary analysis solution providing users simple but in-depth means of exploring gene panel, exome, and whole genome variants. For those not accustomed to the VarSeq software, the main import file for variant analysis is the VCF. Those who are familiar with the VCF know that there can… Read more »

Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part V

      Eli Sward    January 28, 2019    No Comments on Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part V

As our final part of the ‘Top-Quality GWAS Analysis’ blog series, we will be giving a summary of the values behind GWAS quality control and quality assessment. Performing GWAS can provide insight into the association of genetic variants with traits and complex disorders. Any novel insights into marker-phenotype associations need to be based on performing quality control steps. In this… Read more »

Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part IV

Population Stratification This article is going to cover how to factor for population stratification in your association test to continue our blog series on top quality GWAS analysis (additional articles for this series are located at the bottom of this blog). Quality control steps up to this point have included assessing sample and marker statistics, LD pruning on markers, and… Read more »

Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part III

      Eli Sward    January 22, 2019    No Comments on Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part III

Sample Relatedness Pruning your data based on Linkage Disequilibrium (LD) values and filtering for sample “relatedness” are ideal quality assurance steps following the marker and sample quality filtering described in Part II of this blog series. The value of running an Identity by Decent estimation not only allows you to factor family relatedness in your samples but makes screening for… Read more »

Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part II

Eliminate Low-Quality Samples and Markers In Part I of this GWAS Analysis series, Dr. Eli Sward provided us with a great overview on the value SVS provides in managing the quality of your SNP or NGS data to maintain the high power and accuracy of your GWAS. He also gave a snapshot of what a typical genotype spreadsheet may look… Read more »

Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part I

      Eli Sward    January 16, 2019    No Comments on Top-Quality GWAS Analysis: Part I

Importance of Quality in Association Tests SVS is a research application platform provided by Golden Helix that enables an array of computational analyses including genome-wide association studies (GWAS). GWAS is an observational study that can provide insight into the association of genetic variants with traits and complex disorders. The foundation of GWAS utilizes large cohorts sequenced with single nucleotide polymorphisms… Read more »

Heading to PAG 2019

      Delaina Hawkins    January 10, 2019    No Comments on Heading to PAG 2019

Our team is more than ready to escape the cold at Golden Helix HQ for an eventful week at PAG XXVII in San Diego, CA! If you are attending the conference, we hope you will stop by our booth and say hello to the team: Dr. Andreas Scherer, Darby Kammeraad, and myself. We would love the opportunity to connect with… Read more »

New COSMIC Database for NGS Cancer Analyses – Q&A

We had a great time showing users the new COSMIC database for future NGS cancer analyses within VarSeq. If you didn’t get a chance to join us for this live webcast, you can watch the recording below. I have summarized our live Q&A session for anyone who is curious about what others were asking. The COSMIC track is free, what… Read more »

Secondary Analysis 3.0 – New Version Release

We have released a new version of my eBook, “Secondary Analysis 3.0”. To download a complimentary copy, I encourage you to do so here. Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) promises to be the ultimate paradigm when it comes to genetic research and clinical testing since it contains the complete genetic information. When it comes to the current reality in testing labs, there… Read more »

What to expect from Golden Helix in 2019!

Happy New Year. I trust you had a relaxing time over the holidays with family and friends as well as a great start into 2019. Golden Helix certainly had a landmark year. There were many highlights that actually shaped the direction for us in the years to come. Please let me mention a few: We launched VSClinical in May 2018:… Read more »

Considerations When Calling CNVs on Shallow Whole Genomes

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We are happy to announce that our latest version of SVS includes the ability to call CNVs on low read depth Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) data. Designed for calling large cytogenetic events, this algorithm can detect chromosomal aneuploidy events and other large events spanning one or more bands of a chromosome from genomes with average coverage as low as 0.05x…. Read more »

Top 10 Biotechnology Solution Providers 2018 – CIO Applications

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We are honored to announce that we have been named one of the Top 10 Biotechnology Solution Providers for the second year in a row by CIO Applications. We are at a point where precision medicine is taking off.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started to reimburse testing labs for NGS-based tests. This is a game changer… Read more »

VarSeq PhoRank Part: 2 Sample PhoRank Gene Ranking

The PhoRank tool in VarSeq is further explored in this post by looking at the sample-specific capability. VarSeq PhoRank Part: 1 Variant Phorank Gene Ranking showed how the PhoRank algorithm could be applied to all the variants in a VarSeq project, regardless of the number of (or difference in) samples. There is another PhoRank algorithm in VarSeq that allows the… Read more »

VarSeq PhoRank Part 1: Variant PhoRank Gene Ranking

One of the main goals of clinical genomic labs is to identify problematic variants in affected individuals. One tool to assist in this search is the phenotype driven variant ontological re-ranking tool in VarSeq called PhoRank. A common situation facing clinicians is sorting through thousands of variants provided by an individual’s exome data (or possibly the individual’s nuclear family exome… Read more »

Optimized Breeding Selection via Genomic Prediction

What is Genomic Prediction? Genomic prediction is an algorithm widely used to improve desirable phenotypic traits in agriculture. For example, the cattle industry uses genomic prediction to improve beef quality and palatability as well as improve dairy production (1,2). By using genomic prediction, researchers can minimize multiple expenses in breeding industries as well as diminish the need for performing cumbersome… Read more »

Our Philosophy on Quality in Product Testing and Development

High product quality is a foundational characteristic of a useful and successful product. Quality testing, therefore, is a necessary, albeit an open-ended task. It can at times seem a limitless undertaking in the present using experience from the past to improve the future. Nonetheless, it is approached as a development stage at Golden Helix that is just as essential as… Read more »