Week's Featured Paper
Next Generation Sequence Analysis and Computational Genomics Using Graphical Pipeline Workflows
Torri F, Dinov ID, Zamanyan A, Hobel S, Genco A, Petrosyan P, Clark AP, Liu Z, Eggert P, Pierce J, Knowles JA, Ames J, Kesselman C, Toga AW, Potkin SG, Vawter MP, Macciardi F.
Genes (Basel). 2012;3(3):545-575
Whole-genome and exome sequencing have already proven to be essential and powerful methods to identify genes responsible for simple Mendelian inherited disorders. These methods can be applied to complex disorders as well, and have been adopted as one of the current mainstream approaches in population genetics. These achievements have been made possible by next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, which require substantial bioinformatics resources to analyze the dense and complex sequence data. The huge analytical burden of data from genome sequencing might be seen as a bottleneck slowing the publication of NGS papers at this time, especially in psychiatric genetics. We review the existing methods for processing NGS data, to place into context the rationale for the design of a computational resource. We describe our method, the Graphical Pipeline for Computational Genomics (GPCG), to perform the computational steps required to analyze NGS data [...]