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Genomorama: genome visualization and analysis

Jason D Gans* and Murray Wolinsky

Author Affiliations

Biosciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

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BMC Bioinformatics 2007, 8:204  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-8-204

Published: 14 June 2007

Abstract

Background

The ability to visualize genomic features and design experimental assays that can target specific regions of a genome is essential for modern biology. To assist in these tasks, we present Genomorama, a software program for interactively displaying multiple genomes and identifying potential DNA hybridization sites for assay design.

Results

Useful features of Genomorama include genome search by DNA hybridization (probe binding and PCR amplification), efficient multi-scale display and manipulation of multiple genomes, support for many genome file types and the ability to search for and retrieve data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez server.

Conclusion

Genomorama provides an efficient computational platform for visualizing and analyzing multiple genomes.