Strand Life Sciences showcases Strand NGS v3.1 at ASHG 2017

The latest product of the Strand Life Sciences that deals with the latest challenges in next-generation sequencing was released at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Orlando, United States

Strand Life Sciences is a premier life science informatics innovation company. Founded in 2000, Strand is a leader in technology innovations for healthcare using genomics.

Orlando/Bengaluru: The Strand Life Sciences recently announced the latest version release of its bioinformatics flagship product, Strand NGS, at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics at Orlando in the United States. Two major themes in Strand NGS v3.1 address recent challenges in next-generation sequencing (NGS).

The first theme is large-scale RNA-Seq data analysis. Current cross-cohort RNA- and small-RNA-Seq studies span tens of replicates and batches across hundreds of samples, sometimes conducted across several different institutions. For such studies, Strand NGS v3.1 includes confounding variable analysis to eliminate technical effects, including batch effects; the t-SNE plot; profile and heat-map plots of gene-body coverage; and several other notable visual enhancements.

The second new feature is support for Unique Molecular Identifiers, or UMIs, for DNA-, RNA- and small-RNA-Seq. UMI support in Strand NGS is end-to-end, spanning alignment to variant calling in DNA-Seq, and alignment to quantification in RNA- and small-RNA-Seq. The Bioo Scientific, Qiagen, and Rubicon UMI protocols are natively supported, and an intuitive interface allows the specification of custom UMI protocols.

“For liquid biopsies and low-grade FFPE samples, UMI support in DNA-Seq enables the detection of somatic variants at low concentrations. In RNA-Seq, large-scale and UMI support can be used in single-cell-based studies that reveal tumor-cell heterogeneity, even at low concentrations”, says Dr Vamsi Veeramachaneni, Chief Scientific Officer, Strand Life Sciences.

“At Strand, we are continuously working towards improving the accuracy and efficiency of NGS data analysis. Customers can look forward to Strand NGS becoming available on the cloud in the near future”, says Dr Ramesh Hariharan, Chief Executive Officer, Strand Life Sciences.