Video Tip of the Week: JBrowse for genome browsing

There are a number of genome browsers out there. Some of them are big and institutional installations and are crucial to research today for a wide range of users. But as we increasingly see that more and more sequence data becomes available on species that have smaller communities, or maybe patient or family sets, or data types that aren’t supported by the big browsers, people may need to seek out other types of tools to support their projects.

Sometimes the choice of browser will be based on local knowledge. If you already have someone who sets up GBrowse, that’s great–that would be a good choice. And lots of people have chosen that for their data subsets, like this mitochondrial transcriptome project. But some people might prefer some of the features of Gaggle browser. Or maybe you want to consider JBrowse.

We talked about JBrowse a while ago. But recently I saw this tweet about it, so I took another look.

RT @mtwolfinger: #JBrowse 1.5.0 is out and comes with a direct-access storage driver for BigWig data files – #Bioinformatics #NGS

So here I offer the video done by the JBrowse team to have a look at the current state of their software and the nice features it has. If you need to build a local browser for your project, it’s definitely worth a look.

Quick link: JBrowse

Skinner, M.E., & Holmes, I.H. (2010). Setting up the JBrowse genome browser. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, 32, 913-913 DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0913s32