Journal Article

Genomicus: a database and a browser to study gene synteny in modern and ancestral genomes

Matthieu Muffato, Alexandra Louis, Charles-Edouard Poisnel and Hugues Roest Crollius

in Bioinformatics

Volume 26, issue 8, pages 1119-1121
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:

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Summary: Comparative genomics remains a pivotal strategy to study the evolution of gene organization, and this primacy is reinforced by the growing number of full genome sequences available in public repositories. Despite this growth, bioinformatic tools available to visualize and compare genomes and to infer evolutionary events remain restricted to two or three genomes at a time, thus limiting the breadth and the nature of the question that can be investigated. Here we present Genomicus, a new synteny browser that can represent and compare unlimited numbers of genomes in a broad phylogenetic view. In addition, Genomicus includes reconstructed ancestral gene organization, thus greatly facilitating the interpretation of the data.

Availability: Genomicus is freely available for online use at while data can be downloaded at


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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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