Simplifying Genetic Analysis in the Classroom

Teaching a comprehensive genetic analysis course to undergraduate or graduate students is a big undertaking. Every year tens of thousands of students enter a pre-professional program, medical school or pharmacy school, with enrollment rates rising every year. As the DNA sequencing market grows at exceptional speeds and the promise of precision medicine fundamentally changes how health care is practiced, the demand on educators is not only to teach the science, but also how to process and utilize the massive amounts of genomic data being generated.

Current Obstacles

As universities are putting together educational programs to prepare the next generation of scientists to understand the ins and outs of DNA analytics, they are running into a common obstacle ? students who are fascinated by the science of their chosen course of study are not necessarily computer programmers, nor do they want to be.

Yet, many of the tools used to teach basic analytic skills in genomics programs are public domain/open source programs that require enormous amounts of computer science knowledge to navigate.

Key Issues:
  • Students being required to learn scripting and programing skills
  • Lack of intuitive visualization in public domain software programs
  • Manipulating very large datasets

To address these obstacles, we provide two software solutions: SNP & Variation Suite™ and VarSeq®. Both provide access to our world-class visualizations, data management capabilities and fully documented methods and algorithms which are served up in a user friendly interface, eliminating the need to learn how to write command-line syntax. Better still, our software is easily installed and run on a desktop or laptop.

No Computer Science Degree Required

Our software tools manage, analyze, visualize and filter data all through a friendly user interface. We take great care in researching and implementing best practices as well as the latest methods and algorithms and serve them up in an intuitive way. We eliminate the need to learn how to script, although advanced students can still explore scripting options with our command-line interface.

Full Documentation

All major methods and algorithms used in the software are documented (including the math, use cases, and article citations). We completely shunned the "black box" model. This is ideal for teaching purposes, as professors want to review the underlying math and/or data manipulation workflows. We are not aware of another commercial competitor whose methods are as transparent as ours.

World-Class Visualizations

With GenomeBrowse® visualizations deeply integrated into our full software suite, your students will quickly and easily understand what the data is saying, in extraordinary detail.

Easily Handle Massive Data

We spent a lot of time simplifying the import of large datasets. Hundreds of exomes and genomes can be imported for analysis or visualization with a few mouse clicks. It's simple and easy to start working with data.

How We Work Together

At Golden Helix® we have extensive experience launching educational programs in genetics. We support professors not only with the use of our software, but we can also advise on curriculum and provide data sets and documentation. In addition, you will have access to our Bioinformatic Support Team, as well as a wide range of resources.

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Teaching a comprehensive genetic analysis course to undergraduate or graduate students is a big undertaking. Here at Golden Helix, we have extensive experience launching educational programs in genetics. We support professors not only with the use of our software, but we can also advise on curriculum and provide data sets and documentation.

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