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Golden Helix to Provide Free Software Under New Initiative

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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Golden Helix said this week that it is launching a new initiative called Golden Helix Gives Back through which it will provide its software for free to academic researchers with limited funds.

The company is accepting applications from academic researchers using DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq, GWAS, or CNV methodologies, who are interested in getting an annual license to the company's SNP & Variation Suite (SVS) or its VarSeq product free of charge. SVS is an integrated collection of tools for managing, analyzing, and visualizing multifaceted genomic and phenotypic data. VarSeq software streamlines the process of annotating and filtering variants obtained from next generation sequencing pipelines.

Applications will be evaluated based on the importance of the biological question under study and the impact it may have on the field; the overall study design and analysis methodology; the research application and its benefits; financial need; and how Golden Helix software will assist in the research effort.

The initiative will open on November 10 and applicants have until December 5 this year to turn in their proposals. Golden Helix will award the top 3 applicants with annual licenses to either one of its two products. The winners will be announced on December 18.

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