BEA - Bioinformatics

BEA provides data management and analysis support for all our services and applications. Analysis at the core facility is divided into basic and extended data analysis. The basic data analysis will always be included without charge as part of our core facility service. More extended support is also free of charge but more dependent on available resources.

To secure long term extended data analysis, partial allocation of project funds to directly cover the salaries for our bioinformaticians could be an alternative. We will always do our best to support researchers as long as time permits.

Basic Data Analysis

High-throughput technologies such as next generation sequencing (NGS), can routinely produce massive amounts of data. Our general aim is to provide the researcher with data in a format that doesn't require further processing or software installations. Usually data is processed in the manufacturers software and delivered in Excel format together with sample group comparisons and annotations. Raw data will always be delivered together with processed data and a quality control report. At BEA we use different analysis pipelines for traceability of the performed data analysis. After delivery of results, we meet with researchers to answer follow up questions.

Extended Data Analysis

Data analysis can be optimized to meet your individual project needs. This includes all data analysis and bioinformatics not included in the basic analysis. Our extended service is continuously updated and depend very much on application. For example, we offer advanced visualization and interactive review of results.

Other specific examples of services are:

  • functional analysis
  • gene ontologies
  • biological pathways
  • PCA-analysis
  • clustering
  • visualizations
  • submission of data to repositories

Data Delivery to the Customer

BEA will always provide the customer with raw data, and often downstream analysis results. We are now using MFT to deliver data to both internal and external customers. With two-factor authentication the delivery is more secure, and MFT also allows SFTP download which facilitates transfer to local storage or a server. MFT will erase all files two weeks after upload, and we strongly recommend downloading the files ASAP.

Data Storage

Raw data generated at BEA will be stored for a year at the core facility. Since raw data is often required for publication we urge our customers to store their own copy of the files.