Integrating Custom Gene Panels for Variant Annotations

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February 9, 2022

Presented By: Dr. Rana Smalling, Field Application Scientist

The ability to use predefined sets of genes to isolate clinically relevant variants is an important aspect of clinical variant analysis. Golden Helix’s VarSeq product houses the tools, namely our Gene Panel Manager and Match Genes set of algorithms, that enable users to create and manage reusable gene lists within projects, incorporate the ACMG Secondary Findings v3.0 gene list for the reporting of incidental findings, make use of well validated publicly available gene panels with published evidence of disease associations and create gene panels based on specific disorders or phenotypes of interest. These capabilities were covered in a webcast “Creating and Managing Reusable Gene Lists with VSClinical” by Dr. Nathan Fortier our Director of Research. In the upcoming webcast, we will dive deeper into these capabilities, implementing our gene panel tools from the user’s perspective by focusing on two clinical use cases where custom virtual gene panels are particularly useful.  

For the standard use case, users typically incorporate targeted gene panel-based data to hone in on any number of variants that fall within the scope of their targeted genes list. More recently, we have observed from the field application perspective, a trend among Golden Helix customers towards importing WES and WGS data followed by creating unique per sample gene panels. Therefore, the purpose of this webcast will be to showcase how simple it can be to construct and manage both styles of virtual gene panels within VarSeq in ways that will best suit the specific needs of your lab. We will share with you several clever shortcuts for users to implement filters on gene panels, to design and manage gene panels and calculate the coverage over these regions. We will also delve into the details of incorporating gene panel data into variant evaluation in VSClinical and bringing the relevant information into a final clinical report. Viewers tuning in to this webcast will be exposed to all the tools available in VarSeq for creating and managing their potential gene panel workflows.  

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