Knowing Your NGS Upstream: Alignment and Variants

Date: March 27, 2013

Presenter: Gabe Rudy, Vice President of Product Development

Duration: 120 minutes



Knowing Your NGS Upstream: Alignment and Variants


Alignment algorithms are not just about placing reads in best-matching locations to a reference genome. They are now being expected to handle small insertions, deletions, gapped alignment of reads across intron boundaries and even span breakpoints of structural variations, fusions and copy number changes. At the same time, variant-calling algorithms can only reach their full potential by being intimately matched to the aligner's output or by doing local assemblies themselves. Knowing when these tools can be expected to perform well and when they will produce technical artifacts or be incapable of detecting features is critical when interpreting any analysis based on their output.

This presentation will compare the performance of the alignment and variant calling tools used by sequencing service providers including Illumina Genome Network, Complete Genomics and The Broad Institute. Using public samples analyzed by each pipeline, we will look at the level of concordance and dive into investigating problematic variants and regions of the genome.

About the Presenter

Gabe Rudy

Gabe Rudy Meet Gabe Rudy, GHI's Vice President of Product and Engineering and team member since 2002. Gabe thrives in the dynamic and fast-changing field of bioinformatics and genetic analysis. Leading a killer team of Computer Scientists and Statisticians in building powerful products and providing world-class support, Gabe puts his passion into enabling Golden Helix's customers to accelerate their research. When not reading or blogging, Gabe enjoys the outdoor Montana lifestyle. But most importantly, Gabe truly loves spending time with his sons, daughter, and wife. Follow Gabe on Twitter @gabeinformatics.