Learn to use GBrowse, a web application that allows you to explore genomic sequences together with annotated data. GBrowse is rapidly becoming a genomic browser of choice among organism databases, because the browser is both universal and yet customizable. Once you learn to use GBrowse at one database, you'll be able to use it to view any genome. Results can be customized to show only the data you want to see. The tool is flexible to allow you to upload and incorporate your own unpublished data into the genomic viewer. You'll have fun as you explore a variety of genomes (from paramecia to personal genomics) with the new perspective and detailed annotations that GBrowse provides.

You will learn:

  • the basic layout and search methods at GBrowse
  • how to access detailed annotation data tied to genomic sequences
  • how to select and customize annotations using Tracks
  • how to upload and incorporate your own data or other external data sources
  • take a tour of different GBrowse installations at model organism databases


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Genome Browsers. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG): IMG is a powerful community resource for the comparative analysis and annotation of microbial genome data.

Overview of Genome Browsers: Various Genome Browsers examined

Ensembl Legacy: Older version of Ensembl Genome Browser

Map Viewer: Map Viewer Genome Browser from NCBI

This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Plant resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

PlantGDB: Plant Genome Database

Ensembl Legacy: Older version of Ensembl Genome Browser

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes

World Tour of Genomics Resources: A World Tour of Genome Resources for finding and learning the right resource for your needs.


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.

Genome Databases (prok + viral) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at prokaryotic or viral organisms. Some may contain eukaryotic data as well.


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