Securing Your Genomic Testing with Golden Helix

         December 19, 2019

Genetic testing labs deal with personal data in categories with the highest level of security requirements: personal identity and medical records. Given the liability and risk associated with a breach of this secure information, it is not surprising that many labs and institutes that aggregate genomic data prefer, if not require, on-premise analysis and storage solutions.  Golden Helix is in… Read more »

Golden Helix’s End-to-End Architecture for Clinical Testing Labs

         December 19, 2019
Golden Helix's End-to-End Architecture

As clinical genetic tests have been adopted as a critical enabler of precision medicine, the number of tests offered by clinical labs and the volume of tested patients has grown by orders of magnitude in the past five years. The Gene Testing Registry, managed by the NIH, documented a rise from 13,000 to 60,000 tests offered in the US market… Read more »

VS-CNV; Golden Helix’s solution to replace traditional methods

         December 17, 2019

Copy Number Variation (CNV) is a type of structural variation in which sections of the genome are duplicated or deleted. Although CNV events are rare in the human population, constituting approximately 10% of the human genome, they are also associated with being causal mutations for disease phenotypes. Because of this, it is important for clinical and research settings to identify… Read more »

Using the K-Fold Cross-Validation Statistics to Understand the Predictive Power of your Data in SVS

         December 12, 2019
SVS 8

Using the K-Fold Cross-Validation Statistics to Understand the Predictive Power of your Data in SVS In cross-validation, a set of data is divided into two parts, the “training set” and the “validation set”. A model for predicting a phenotype from genotypic data and (usually) some fixed effect parameters is “trained” using the training set—that is, the best value(s) of the… Read more »

Somatic Variant Calling with Sentieon: Customizations

         December 10, 2019
Sentieon

The first two blogs in this series covered Sentieon’s somatic variant calling from Tumor with Normal (Part I) and Tumor without Normal (Part II). In addition to providing multiple somatic variant calling processes, users also have access to high-sensitivity scripts and full support for the GRCh38 reference assembly. Without going into excessive detail, this final blog of the series will… Read more »

Fast Annotations Around the Globe: Our Sydney and Frankfurt Data Mirrors

         December 3, 2019
Server Mirror

If you have watched this blog over time, it would be no surprise that Golden Helix invests a lot in curating genomic annotations for use with our clinical and research analysis products. Often, we spend considerable time on the attention to detail necessary to ensure the best experience for any data source by cleaning, normalizing, documenting and then distributing it through our data annotation server. Many annotations… Read more »

2019/20 Abstract Competition

         November 28, 2019
Recent Customer Publications

We look forward to hearing how you are using Golden Helix software in your clinical or research work! Golden Helix strives to enable precision medicine by developing powerful software to support researchers and clinicians with complex analysis. One of my favorite events of the year is our abstract competition. This competition allows us to help our community by recognizing innovative… Read more »

Customer Publications Throughout November 2019

         November 26, 2019
November Publications

November is the month where we pause to reflect on what we are thankful for. At Golden Helix, we are thankful for the many dedicated scientists and practitioners who are tirelessly working on new discoveries to enhance the lives of humans and preserve our food supply in the face of ever-changing conditions in agriculture. As always, we are proud to… Read more »

The New VSClinical ACMG Guidelines Tutorial

         November 21, 2019

Our tutorials are a popular resource for prospective users. We have added a tutorial to help introduce customers to the ease and utility of the ACMG Guidelines incorporated in VSClinical. The ACMG Guidelines are a collection of 33 criteria that are used to determine a variant’s level of pathogenicity. VSClinical and VarSeq make it easy for users to sort and… Read more »

Somatic Variant Calling with Sentieon: Tumor-Only Workflow

         November 19, 2019
Sentieon

To recap what we have covered in this blog series thus far, Sentieon allows users to call somatic variants against a matched normal sample and a tumor-only analysis. Part I of this series covered the variant calling workflow for tumors with matching normal samples. However, a common situation would be to call variants for a tumor sample without the normal…. Read more »

Simplify Your GWAS & Genomic Prediction with SVS

         November 15, 2019
Genome-Wide Association Studies

SVS is a project-oriented program that manages and analyzes genomic datasets. This webcast statistically and visually explores the relationships among genetic variants within a cattle dataset. Even further, this webcast evaluates genotypes with corresponding phenotypes to assess how well a model can predict a phenotype of interest. Starting with genotypic data from the microarray and the recorded phenotypic data for… Read more »

Reflecting on AMP 2019

         November 14, 2019

Our team has returned from the annual meeting of the Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP 2019), and, as always, I am grateful for all the wonderful experiences we are bringing back with us. The plenary sessions and talks were bountiful, and we were very impressed with the well-organized exhibition. Hats off to everyone involved in planning this great event! Innovation… Read more »

End of Year Bundles 2019

         November 12, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; our software specials are here! Now is the time to implement a Golden Helix solution to automate your workflows and analyze variants quick, easy, and affordably with our Year-End Bundles. Select packages which come once a year… these deals have been designed to fit your lab’s needs – and budget. Please note… Read more »

All New VSClinical AMP Workflow Tutorial

         November 5, 2019

We have recently added a tutorial to help introduce customers to the ease and utility of the AMP Guidelines incorporated in VarSeq’s VSClinical package. The AMP Guidelines allow users to sort through available clinical evidence in a streamlined fashion to arrive at final classification and interpretation and then transfer that information into a clinical report. And the AMP Guidelines also… Read more »

Somatic Variant Calling with Sentieon: Tumor-Normal Workflow

         October 31, 2019
Sentieon

As I mentioned in the first part of this series, Sentieon allows users to call somatic variants against a matched normal sample and a tumor-only analysis. Utilization of a Tumor-Normal Workflow In addition to the fundamental process of alignment and variant calling, there are a few more steps that will improve the quality of your secondary analysis. Figure 1 (below)… Read more »

Customer Publications: A Salute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

         October 29, 2019

With October being recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the team at Golden Helix thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to some of the publications that over the years, have contributed to the many discoveries made in breast cancer diagnosis, prediction, underlying causes, and case management. We are very proud to be a part of cancer research and… Read more »

Updating Somatic Annotation Catalogs: ICGC and COSMIC

         October 28, 2019

Golden Helix works to keep incorporating and updating great somatic annotation catalogs for our VSClinical users. We currently have the updated version of one of the largest cancer databases from the International Cancer Genome Consortium, or ICGC. Version 28 has been improved by integrating ClinVar and CIViC clinical annotations, and as always, increasing the number of mutations listed. The current… Read more »

VSWarehouse Upgrade: Somatic Variant Analysis via VSClinical AMP Workflow

         October 25, 2019
VSWarehouse Updates

This month’s webcast delves into VSWarehouse with a focus on our new capability of storing somatic variant projects and catalogs built for the AMP Guidelines within VSClinical. If you didn’t have a chance to join us for the live event, please enjoy the video recording below. Previous webcasts have gone into great detail on the features and processing of somatic… Read more »