Golden Helix Newsletter

Never Let the Important Become Urgent:
A reflection on the genetics supply chain and our need to increase value to the end patient

by Christophe Lambert, CEO and Chairman Never let the important become urgent

The turning of the calendar from 2011 to 2012 has been a good time for me to reflect on the lessons of the year and make resolutions for the new one. It is also the opportunity to step back and look at some of the larger systemic trends in our field and think about whether we are doing as much as we can with genetics to accelerate the delivery of healthcare solutions to the patient. I'd like to tie together several threads in this article. The first is to pay homage to a man who has done more for me than any other in understanding the nature of reality, Eli Goldratt. Drawing from his lessons on systems and supply chains, I'll then make some observations about our field's own genetics supply chain and the consequences of not producing enough value for the end patient. Further, as 2011 marks the 40th year of the war on cancer, Goldratt's death by the same can lead us to pause and reflect on our own vulnerability to disease and spur us to not just redouble our efforts, but to ask ourselves what we might do systemically to accelerate the translation of innovations in genetics to the clinic. Continue reading »

Can SVS Help Plant Genetics Researchers too? You betcha!
by Jessica Vionas, Marketing Coordinator

Dr. Raman Babu
Dr. Raman Babu is a Maize Molecular Breeder at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Like his counterparts conducting human genetic research, Babu used to rely entirely on free, open-source tools to complete his work. Frustrated with continual crashes and technology that was developed in the pre-SNP era, Babu switched to SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) almost a year ago. Here's a bit about his experience. Continue reading »
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SVS 7.6 is coming in February, and we are very excited! Look for enhancement to NGS workflows and the addition of Matplotlib. More info coming soon!

Where will we see you?
2012 AGBT Meeting
Marco Island, FL  |  Feb 15-18

X-GEN Congress & Expo
San Diego, CA  |  Mar 5-8

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