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Back to Basics: Using GWAS to Drive Discovery for Complex Diseases
Webcast by Dr. Bryce Christensen, Statistical Geneticist

GWAS webcast
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been providing valuable insight to the genetics of common and complex diseases for nearly 10 years. Despite some assertions to the contrary, GWAS is not dead. GWAS is alive and well, and remains a viable technology for genetic discovery.

In this best practices webcast, Dr. Bryce Christensen covered: GWAS data formats, usability, and data management techniques, imputation (myths, facts, and when to use it), quality assurance, genotype association testing and statistics, and visualizations including Manhattan Plots, linkage disequilibrium plots, and genomic annotation sources.
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All I Want for Christmas is a New File Format for Genomics
by Gabe Rudy, VP of Product Development
All I Want for Christmas is a New File Format for Genomics

Tis the season of quiet, productive hours. I've been spending a lot of mine thinking about file formats. Actually I've been spending mine implementing a new one, but more on that later. File formats are amazingly important in big data science. In genomics, it is hard not to be awed by how successful the BAM file format is.

I'd speculate that Heng Li's binary file format for storing alignments of short reads to a reference genome is responsible for more bytes of data being stored on the cloud (and maybe in general) than any other file format in the mere 4 years since it was invented. Continue reading »
As part of its ongoing commitment to empowering genetic researchers around the world, Golden Helix is hosting a research competition. All academic, government, and commercial organizations working with genetic data (regardless of species or location) are invited to apply.

Each entrant will receive a free Golden Helix t-shirt. Three winners will receive a copy of SVS and the grand prize winner will get a Dell Latitude Ultrabook!

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   Featured Case Study
Rick Kittles, PhD Uses Golden Helix Software to Identify Novel Genetic Variations for Complex Diseases that Disproportionately Impact African-American and Hispanic Populations
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