Search Results for: annotation

Evolution of Multi-Allelic Calls in VarSeq: Before and After Version 2.5.0

         November 9, 2023

It may come as a surprise to our long-standing users that the multi-allelic import and representation in VarSeq is slated to have different import options with the 2.5.0 upgrade. As the software grows and evolves, we strive to meet the changing needs of our users, and this is one area where an update was sorely needed. Before going into an… Read more »

Join Us at AMP 2023 for a Deep Dive into Genomic Data Analysis with VarSeq

         November 9, 2023

We are excited to announce that Golden Helix will be participating in AMP 2023, a pivotal event that brings together experts and innovators in the field of molecular pathology. This year, we are proud to present a session that is at the forefront of precision medicine: “Comprehensive Genomic Profiling in Oncology: Apply the AMP Guidelines for TSO-500 Variant Analysis and… Read more »

Evaluating DeepMind’s AlphaMissense Classifier

         October 20, 2023

Last month, the researchers at Google DeepMind announced the release of AlphaMissense, a new missense prediction algorithm that leverages the protein structure prediction model AlphaFold to distinguish between benign and pathogenic missense variants (Cheng et al., 2023).  AlphaFold is a model for the prediction of protein structures from amino acid sequences. During the development of AlphaMissense, the AlphaFold model was… Read more »

Accessing Report Templates and Simple Modifications

         September 18, 2023

Your variants of interest have been identified, the SVs annotated, and the CNVs classified. Once the manifest has been imported (and here is a great blog on the subject), the last step is to bring all of this information into a report template! In this blog, we will go over some simple report modifications and provide resources for more information… Read more »

Evaluation scripts in VSPipeline: We heard you like automation…

         September 12, 2023

…so we added some automation to your automation so you can automate while you automate! Automation has been a hot topic recently and for all the right reasons. As we (proudly) watch our customers increase their sample and data volume, we are constantly seeking to provide tools to reduce click rate and optimize throughput. Furthermore, with all of the new… Read more »

VarSeq Assessment Catalogs for Beginners

         August 29, 2023

Variant interpretation is a critical aspect of any clinical NGS workflow. VarSeq assessment catalogs are a tool used to save variants and associated variant information for easy tracking and retrieval of completed variant interpretations. As variant interpretations stack up and classifications are saved, storing in assessment catalogs makes it easy to automatically fill in a previous interpretation if the variant… Read more »

Get More Out of Assessment Catalogs by Storing and Tracking Variant Artifacts

         August 8, 2023

Assessment catalogs are a way for VarSeq users to save variants and variant information for clinically relevant variants, so when you come across this variant again in another sample, all of the work to analyze and classify the variant is already done! But there is more than meets to the eye when it comes to using assessments in VarSeq. Being… Read more »

Mitelman Database of Chromosome Aberrations and Gene Fusions in Cancer

         July 25, 2023
Felix Mitelman

While the analysis of gene fusions is crucial for understanding the genetic basis of cancer, the process of interpreting these mutations can be challenging. One important component of fusion interpretation is the identification of relevant publications. To aid researchers in the search for publications related to specific gene fusions, Felix Mitelman, and colleagues have created the Mitelman Database of Chromosome… Read more »

Optimizing the Capture of Tier II Evidence in VSClinical AMP

         July 18, 2023

VarSeq 2.3.0 unleashed a whole new way to select, process, analyze, and report cancer variants through complete workflow automation, application of evaluation scripts, and enhanced annotation. Single nucleotide variants, copy number variants, structural variants, and genomic signatures could be added to a single patient evaluation, and Golden Helix CancerKB came packed with new report-ready interpretations to support them! Soon after,… Read more »

Moving the AppData folder- a look at sharing assessment catalogs

         July 3, 2023

Discover how to enhance collaboration in VSClinical by sharing variant scores and assessment catalogs through the strategic relocation of the AppData folder. A subtle but powerful utility of VSClinical concerns the ability to share variant scores between users on the same account. What I mean by that is, leveraging the location of the AppData folder, so that users are writing… Read more »

Data Viewing with VarSeq: Plotting Tracks!

         June 26, 2023

In recent weeks, GenomeBrowse capabilities have had a sudden resurgence of interest among our customers. To support this, the FAS team wanted to share with you several under-utilized GenomeBrowse plotting tricks. First, let’s cover plotting a BED file for easy track viewing. The first step is launching a GenomeBrowse window by clicking the + button and selecting GenomeBrowse (Figure 1)… Read more »

We are Headed to AMP Europe 2023!

         June 12, 2023

Discover the Latest Developments in Variant Classification and Interpretation Tools at Golden Helix’s Booth at AMP Europe 2023 in Milan, Italy We are thrilled to announce that Golden Helix will be participating in the AMP Europe 2023 conference in Milan! We are eagerly looking forward to connecting with leading healthcare professionals and researchers in the field of genetics at this… Read more »

VarSeq 2.4.0 Has Been Released!

         May 24, 2023

Greetings VarSeq users! VarSeq 2.4.0 has officially been released. VarSeq 2.4.0 is a significant release that focuses on enhancing the VSClinical ACMG workflow by introducing new features and noteworthy improvements. The major highlights of the release are: 1. Welcoming structural variant support to the VSClinical ACMG workflow 2. ACMG workflow automation has been enhanced via the application of evaluation scripts… Read more »

Webcast Recap: VarSeq 2.4.0: Structural Variants and Advanced Automation in VSClinical ACMG

         May 22, 2023

In our recent webcast, we discussed the exciting new features of VarSeq 2.4.0 and the updated VSClinical interface. The discussion was centered around three main topics: In summary, VarSeq 2.4.0 uniquely supports the analysis of all variant types in the clinical interpretation workflow. By incorporating structural variants, enhancing automation, and empowering users to handle complex data, it offers a comprehensive… Read more »

New dog, old tricks: How to bring existing variant catalogs into VarSeq

         May 15, 2023

Learn how VarSeq revolutionizes NGS workflows by enabling the integration of comprehensive internal databases, allowing bioinformaticians to create custom pipelines and maximize data analysis efficiency. Are you a current (or future) VarSeq user with a perfect, comprehensive, internal database you simply can’t part with and can’t replicate? Do you dream of coalescing many disparate workflows into a consistent, reliable pipeline?… Read more »

Specifying Inputs for Reproducibility

         May 11, 2023

A new VSPipeline command, set_data_folder_path, designed to bolster consistent input usage. By introducing this innovative command, we aim to empower users with improved data organization, flexibility, and standardization for their clinical cases and analyses. Embracing this command will not only support reproducibility but also ensure accountability, ultimately paving the way for better-informed patient care decisions. Managing Annotations and References in… Read more »

ACMG STRIKES BACK

         May 4, 2023

Use the force of evaluation scripts to automate and customize your VSClinical ACMG workflow in VarSeq 2.4.0. VarSeq 2.3.0 came packed with new features! Most notably, VarSeq variant analysis expanded to support the import and annotation of structural variant files, and the AMP cancer workflow in VSClinical gained new functionality with the addition of evaluation scripts which help automate and… Read more »

Exploring Genetic Frontiers: Customer Publications on VarSeq-Powered NGS Analysis in Pompe Disease and Developmental Dyslexia

         April 27, 2023

These customer publications highlight our platform’s versatility in transforming NGS analysis for Late-Onset Pompe Disease and Developmental Dyslexia, leading to breakthroughs in comprehending complex genetic disorders and enabling novel treatment avenues. The versatility of our VarSeq platform is in full bloom this spring! Below are two examples of the scalability of our software as well as the complex analysis that… Read more »

Unraveling Structural Variants with VarSeq: A Comprehensive Workflow

         April 18, 2023

Unlock the potential of VarSeq for efficient analysis of structural variants, providing robust annotation, filtering, and interpretation of intricate genetic variations. While the analysis of structural variants (SVs) is crucial for understanding the genetic basis of disease, the process of interpreting these variations can be a challenging and complex task. Structural variant callers typically store rearrangements in VCF files, which… Read more »