Next-generation sequencing (NGS) systems now produce more data than ever before. Additionally, a typical NGS workflow involves manual, time-consuming touchpoints for quality control, analysis setup, and results review. As a result, labs who perform NGS or other complex, high-volume processing of samples can be overwhelmed managing the workflows and data generated. To address these issues and simplify NGS research, we are happy to announce the new version of BaseSpace Sequence Hub. It is designed to enhance your laboratory’s efficiency and support the needs of high-throughput labs.
Included in this update are new features, including a biosample-centric data model that provides tracking of all biosample activity from lab preparation through analysis delivery. We’re also introducing the following features:
- New automation quality control features
- Automated app launches and workflows
- An updated Application Programming Interface (API) to help you streamline your next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflows
- An improved user interface that helps you access your data and perform functions more quickly
Biosample-centric Data Model
Our new biosample-centric data model enables easy tracking of all biosample activity from lab preparation through analysis delivery. Biosamples are the data containers that represent the original DNA source material. They are used to trace all sequencing activities, including lab preparation (with LIMS integration) sequencing runs, data analysis, and delivery of data.
The new data model centers on biosamples, the original source of DNA, so you can easily track all biosample activity from lab preparation, with optional laboratory information management system (LIMS) integration, to delivery of analysis results. Biosamples can be used as inputs to multiple sequencing runs, and they can contain multiple datasets, which can live within separate projects.
Important Note: Biosamples with the same name (Sample ID in the sample sheet) are automatically aggregated. The new features will aggregate all FASTQ data sets with the same Sample ID into a single biosample. It is important to name the samples in your sample sheet uniquely, otherwise they will be aggregated together. Learn more about automatic data aggregation here.
Automated Lane QC, App Launch, and Analysis QC
After sequencing, much of the work required to process biosamples can be automated in bulk. By setting up automation ahead of time using the command line interface (CLI), sequencing runs can be automatically passed or failed based on their sequencing quality, converted to FASTQ datasets, used as inputs in an app, and then be passed or failed based on their app metrics. Automation removes much of the time-consuming and error prone manual work of processing sequencing data into downstream results.
Improved User Interface
The updated interface provides quick access to all of your data from the My Data menu, while the new Action Toolbar contains new and improved app functions such as requeues, QC status changes, workflows, and collaboration tools.
The Analyses page provides a listing of all analyses in your account. The filters on this page help you quickly narrow your search for specific analyses by their current status.
The Projects and Runs pages function the same as before, providing quick access to all of your sequencing projects and instrument runs.
Advanced Automation and Integration Toolset
Alongside our updated data model, we’ve introduced version 2 of the API, which enables you to interact directly with your data and integrate systems together with your BaseSpace Sequence Hub account.
The new automation tools in version 2 of the API:
- Correspond to the new biosample-centric data model
- Improve performance and robustness of the solution
- Include new documentation
Note: The version 1 API is still fully-supported and maintained, although we are actively focusing primarily on version 2 API development. The version 1 API documentation is maintained here.
Version 2 of BaseSpaceCLI has been built using the version 2 API. BaseSpace CLI can be leveraged to read data from your BaseSpace Sequence Hub account and create new data by uploading data and launching apps. In addition, the new BaseSpace CLI can be used to create automated analysis workflows, and import biosamples.
BaseMount is a command-line tool which allows you to explore through runs, projects, biosamples, and datasets, and interact directly with the associated files exactly as you would with any other file system.
We hope the new functionality of BaseSpace Sequence Hub enables your lab to boost productivity and discovery. View a video or visit our updated Support Site to learn more about how to use all the new features and tools. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
The BaseSpace Sequence Hub Team
- CLI documentation https://developer.basespace.illumina.com/docs/content/documentation/cli/cli-overview
- CLI automated workflow creation docs https://developer.basespace.illumina.com/docs/content/documentation/cli/cli-examples
- Link to v1 API docs https://developer.basespace.illumina.com/docs/content/documentation/rest-api/v1-api-reference
- Link to v2 API docs https://developer.basespace.illumina.com/docs/content/documentation/rest-api/api-reference