Tag Archives: VarSeq

Decoding Complex Genetics: VarSeq’s Pivotal Role in Melanoma and Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

         November 30, 2023

In the rapidly evolving field of genetic research, VarSeq software by Golden Helix stands out as a powerful tool for genetic analysis and interpretation. This is exemplified in two significant customer publications that demonstrate the versatility and impact of VarSeq in advancing our understanding of complex genetic disorders. Characterization of Potential Melanoma Predisposition Genes in High-Risk Brazilian Patients Increased genetic… Read more »

Golden Helix CancerKB 3.0: Focus on Cancer Gene Interpretation

         November 28, 2023

I am very excited to announce that a new version of Golden Helix CancerKB has been released! This new version of CancerKB comes with some exciting upgrades bolstering the gene interpretations and cancer gene evidence. Before I jump into the details of the new information that is now in CancerKB, I want to give everyone a quick reminder of what… Read more »

Food Allergy Alleles, Right in Time for Thanksgiving!

         November 21, 2023

The table is set, the football game is on in the background, and the family has gathered around the table when out of nowhere, your Cousin Eddie shows up for Thanksgiving dinner. While Cousin Eddie is known for eating anything, his allergies always get the best of him, ruining the evening. Thankfully, this year Cousin Eddie had recently gotten his… Read more »

Sentieon’s Latest Enhancements Powering VarSeq 2.5.0: Accelerating Clinical Workflows and Data Analysis in NGS

         November 16, 2023

With the release of VarSeq 2.5.0, Golden Helix customers can now perform an unprecedented number of workflows within a single software suite. Carrier status analysis, multi-sample clinical workflows, and a built-in oncogenicity scorer augment the already diverse and robust set of tools encompassed by VarSeq. In addition, we have continued to improve VarSeq’s ability to handle multiple data inputs, from… Read more »

Introducing VarSeq 2.5.0: Elevating NGS Labs to New Heights

         November 9, 2023

We’re buzzing with excitement and couldn’t wait to share some groundbreaking news with our community: VarSeq 2.5.0 has officially landed, and it’s here to transform your NGS lab experience! What’s New with VarSeq 2.5.0? VarSeq has always been about innovation and pushing the boundaries, and the 2.5.0 update is no exception. We’ve listened to your feedback and supercharged VarSeq with… Read more »

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 »

How Reproductive Risk and Residual Risk are Calculated for Couple Carrier Screening Workflows

         November 7, 2023

Calculating Residual Risk Residual risk is the risk remaining after a negative screening test. At the core of the calculation of residual risk resides Bayes’ Theorem. This theorem is used to calculate the probability of an outcome given the probability of events required for that outcome. The probability of the required events is compounded to calculate the combined probability of… Read more »

Deciphering the Genetic Code of Disease: Insights from VarSeq-Analyzed Research on Human and Feline Conditions

         October 31, 2023

In the ever-evolving field of genetics, the quest to understand the intricate dance between genetic predispositions and disease manifestations continues to gain momentum. The three research papers presented here offer a glimpse into this complex interplay, each exploring the genetic underpinnings of distinct medical conditions across species. From the debilitating effects of acute retinal necrosis in humans to the life-threatening… 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 »

We are Heading to ASHG 2023!

         October 20, 2023

Explore the Newest Developments in Variant Classification and Interpretation Tools at Booth 506 at ASHG 2023 Join Golden Helix at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2023 conference and delve into the latest advancements in genetic research. This esteemed event brings together distinguished researchers, clinicians, and industry frontrunners to exchange knowledge on the most recent insights in human genetics…. Read more »

We are headed overseas to BioJapan 2023!

         October 5, 2023

As the global biotech community converges on Yokohama for BioJapan 2023, we are thrilled to announce that Golden Helix will be exhibiting at Booth D55. This premier event offers a unique opportunity for industry leaders, researchers, and professionals to come together, collaborate, and drive the future of biotechnology. And for us, it’s a chance to showcase how Golden Helix is… Read more »

Emerging Insights in Medical Research: Explorations with VarSeq

         September 28, 2023

Recent advancements in medical research have been pivotal in deepening our understanding of a variety of health conditions. The utilization of tools such as VarSeq in these studies allows for comprehensive genomic analyses, thereby ensuring more accurate diagnoses and facilitating the development of targeted treatments. This bloghighlights three recent publications that have utilized VarSeq to unravel the mysteries of different… Read more »

Using Compute Functions to Validate Variant Assessments

         September 26, 2023

Recently, a Golden Helix customer reached out to support for advice on how to validate the variant scoring between two different VarSeq users. Here we break down one possible solution as an opportunity to showcase the utility of both the Latest Sample Assessment function and an alternative way to leverage the Compute Fields function. To set up this validation project,… Read more »

Identifying Oncogenic Variants in VarSeq Webcast

         September 21, 2023

Traditionally genetic tests in cancer have focused on small gene panels that restrict their analysis to a small number of well-studied cancer genes. However, as sequencing costs have decreased, many clinical laboratories have embraced comprehensive genomic profiling tests that rely on whole exome and whole genome next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflows, which can detect millions of high-quality variants for a single… 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 »

Evaluate the use of Evaluation Scripts in your ACMG Workflow!

         September 5, 2023

Recently, we have written a couple of blogs that were talking about the use of Evaluation Scripts in VSClinical workflows, in particular for the AMP workflow. Evaluation scripts were first introduced to VSClinical AMP in VarSeq 2.3.0 and VarSeq 2.4.0 welcomed evaluation scripts to the ACMG Workflow. Evaluation scripts are a nifty way to customize your workflow and say import… Read more »

Decoding DNA: Unraveling the Genetic Mysteries of Cancer Susceptibility

         August 31, 2023

In an era where genetics is reshaping our understanding of diseases, recent customer research publications offer invaluable insights, particularly in the realm of cancer. A study titled “Co-Occurrence of Germline Genomic Variants and Copy Number Variations in Hereditary Breast and Colorectal Cancer Patients” dives into a rare phenotype bridging hereditary colorectal and breast cancer syndromes, revealing the profound impact of… Read more »