Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 8212
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2006-221

Granularity of genomics data in genome visualisation
Jakubowska,J. Hunt,E. Chalmers,M.J.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
Appeared in: DCS Technical Report Series
Page Numbers : 10
Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2006

Biologists collect genomic data of increasing complexity. New technologies give rise to new data types and the volume of both raw and processed data is growing fast. Biomedical researchers would like to analyze the data using user-friendly interfaces, however, the tools, computer monitors and machines have their limitations and do not always precisely show the data under investigation. We survey different genomics visualisation software including AceDB, SyntenyVista, DerBrowser, Apollo, Artemis, BugView, Ensembl, Sockeye, K-BROWSER, GBrowse, NCBIMapViewer, eQTL Explorer, and Expressionview.

This paper presents a short survey of genomic browsers and visualisation effects which were used or can be used in such applications. It presents a classification of genome browsers according to three dimensions and argues the need for a new browser which offers improved zooming functions. This leads us to introduce a new version of SyntenyVista, VisGenome, which allows the user to visualise single and comparative representations of the rat, the mouse, and the human genome at different levels of detail.

Keywords: genomics visualisation

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