Wednesday, September 23, 2009

JBrowse: a JavaScript Based Genome Browser

Genome Browsers are nothing new, but JBrowse is a new JavaScript based genome browser that uses information from the UCSC genome browser and has the look and feel of Google Maps.  It's extremely easy to zoom in and out and scroll around because all the "work" is being done by your computer rather than some server farm thousands of miles away.  OpenHelix is calling it a gamechanger, and they have a nice video demonstration showing off some of JBrowse's features.  Click the Drosophila or Homo sapiens genome and give JBrowse a spin for yourself!

The JBrowse genome browser

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