UNIT 1.4 The UCSC Genome Browser
Published Online: 1 FEB 2003
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
How to Cite
Karolchik, D. and Kent, W. J. 2003. The UCSC Genome Browser. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 1:1.4.
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2003
- Published Print: JAN 2003
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The UCSC Genome Browser is a popular Web-based tool for quickly displaying a requested portion of a genome at any scale, accompanied by a series of aligned annotation tracks. The annotations - some of which are generated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and some by external collaborators - display gene predictions, mRNA alignments, expressed sequence tag alignments, cross-species homologies, single nucleotide polymorphisms, and several other types of data. All information relevant to a region is presented in one window, facilitating biological analysis and interpretation. Users can also upload custom annotation tracks for research or educational use. This unit describes how to use and customize the UCSC Genome Browser, download the underlying database tables, and create and display custom annotation tracks.