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MapView: visualization of short reads alignment on a desktop computer

Hua Bao, Hui Guo, Jinwei Wang, Renchao Zhou, Xuemei Lu and Suhua Shi

in Bioinformatics

Volume 25, issue 12, pages 1554-1555
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:
MapView: visualization of short reads alignment on a desktop computer

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Summary: We introduce a new visual analytics tool named MapView to facilitate the representation of large-scale short reads alignment data and genetic variation analysis. MapView can handle hundreds of millions of short reads on a desktop computer with limited memory. It supports a compact alignment view for both single-end and paired end short reads, multiple navigation and zoom modes and multi-thread processing. Moreover, MapView offers automated genetic variation detection. MapView has been used in our lab and by over 10 research labs worldwide.



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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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