Hello everybody, I have a quick question regarding the validation of our paneling system.
So the company that I'm employed by is currently working on a system to conduct a wide variety of "panels" and generate reports of interest for genetic counselors about mutations found in genes that have been linked to various conditions. As of right now we can accept a sequence in FastQ format, and pick out mutations from the resultant VCF created by our pipeline that fall within genes linked to various disorders. I have pieced together a Connective Tissue Disorders panel of Conditions/Genes/Inheritance from PanelApp and various other sources, and now must "validate" this panel.
Honestly in this case I am a little unsure about what would constitute definitive validity. I suppose that ideally I should try running through a sequence or VCF that has been identified to belong to somebody with a condition or conditions such as Marfan Syndrome, LDS, or EDS. However, I have yet to find any such thing, and I am unsure what other ways I can prove that this panel will pick up relevant information besides generating my own dummy VCF.
My apologies if this is a dumb question. I'm a sophomore CS student and the little biology/bioinformatics knowledge that I have has been gained through figuring out this project with 2 other people who don't have a biology/bioinformatics background.