Journal Article

rtracklayer: an R package for interfacing with genome browsers

Michael Lawrence, Robert Gentleman and Vincent Carey

in Bioinformatics

Volume 25, issue 14, pages 1841-1842
Published in print July 2009 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:

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Summary: The rtracklayer package supports the integration of existing genome browsers with experimental data analyses performed in R. The user may (i) transfer annotation tracks to and from a genome browser and (ii) create and manipulate browser views to focus on a particular set of annotations in a specific genomic region. Currently, the UCSC genome browser is supported.

Availability: The package is freely available from A quick-start vignette is included with the package.


Journal Article.  1077 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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