Is There A Program For Viewing Bed Files And Wig Files?
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Is there a program for viewing BED files and WIG files? From my own googling, it seems like there are websites that can do this, although I'm not sure how to use them.

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This is one of those applications that are surprisingly hard to find comparisons of (google-ing often leads to many false paths), some that come to mind are:

Integrative Genomics Viewer: http://www.broadinstitute.org/igv/

Integrated Genome Browser: http://bioviz.org/igb/

Lightweigth Genome Viewer: http://lwgv.sourceforge.net/

The following Biostar question also have many good answers:

  1. Next Generation Read Sequence Assembly Visualization Software
  2. What Tools/Libraries Do You Use To Visualize Genomic Feature Data?
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+1 for pointing out that this is hard to Google. I tried myself and failed.

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I have found that IGV (linked by @Istvan) and the UCSC genome browser are the most full-featured and the easiest browsers to use.

  • IGV is a java (or java webstart) application.

  • UCSC is a web-based browser where you either upload your own data or tell it where to find data on your own server.

Both will support BED and WIG among other formats.

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Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) also supports upload and attaching remote data for many different formats. For more detailed information please have a look at http://www.ensembl.org/info/website/upload/index.html.

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Bert, thanks. Does Ensembl support bigbed/bigwig from another server?

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