Topic: Clinical

Lucky No. 14: ACMG adds new genes for reporting secondary findings

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Secondary Findings Working Group has recently updated its recommendations.

The role of a Customer Success Manager in Biotech: customer focus for positive outcomes

With a continued focus on customers, BioDiscovery moves from a sales and support departmental structure to a holistic team filled with Customer Success Managers.

Introducing NxClinical 6.0 — 5 key updates and improvements

The long-awaited NxClinical update is here! NxClinical 6.0 is packed with over 500 features and improvements - too many to talk about here but this blog features some of the highlights.

Aberrant Cell Fraction Estimation in NxClinical 5.0

NxClinical has very strong visualization tools which is important for cytogeneticists - a reviewer can easily view the allele patterns and estimate % aberrant cells. But NxClinical 5.0 makes this even easier by automatically performing this calculation on a per event basis. The software also uses a user-defined threshold to mark events as mosaic or not. The software looks at event-specific aberrant cell fraction using both the Log R value as well as BAF (where available). This approach uses platform-dependent scaling so that the correct calculation can be applied to samples from multiple platforms (e.g. ThermoFisher, Illumina, CNV from NGS).

Copy Number and Loss of Heterozygosity Analysis in Tumors

The 2019 Tumor Profiling: Methods and Protocols book is out and we are particularly excited about the Whole-Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray for Copy Number and Loss of Heterozygosity Analysis chapter! Read more.

Dazed by the same routine? Discover a Novel Integrated Approach to Clinical Genomic Analysis

NxClinical provides a novel, integrated approach to clinical genome analysis and interpretation.

Clinical Genome Data Analysis Workshop in China

To educate the community and encourage sharing of experiences and knowledge within the genetic testing labs, Be Creative recently hosted a workshop on clinical data analysis and interpretation using NxClinical.

OMIM data in NxClinical

OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) is a comprehensive database consisting of human genes and genetic phenotypes associated with Mendelian disorders. The database is used by genetic labs to assist in interpretation. It is maintained by Johns Hopkins University and is available freely via the online GUI for personal, educational, or research use but other uses, usage by certain types of organizations, as well as downloading or incorporating with products does carry licensing fees.

Significant Cost Savings with Single NGS Test vs. Other Strategies

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting last month, Dr. Nathan Pennell, Director of the Lung Cancer Medical Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic, and his colleagues presented cost analysis in a model with different types of genetics testing in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (mNSCLC). The team showed that upfront NGS leads to significant cost savings vs. sequential single-gene testing modalities.

Does reanalysis improve diagnostic yield?

A recent paper on the project shared results from a reanalysis in 2017 of the initial 1133 children using new knowledge and findings that have accumulated since the initial analysis. The pace at which improvements in genomic data technologies, analysis, and knowledge are moving, the group hypothesized that it is likely that diagnostic yield would increase via the reanalysis. They sought to determine how much of an improvement can be made over time.