Visualization Of Read Count On Genome
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11.5 years ago
k.nirmalraman ★ 1.1k

Hi All,

I have a file only with start position and the read counts against it.

7890 5678
7892 678
7990 645

I know the reads are 35 bp long and they are perfect match. Now I would like to visualize this data on the genome.

In visualization I would like to see the coverage and also be able to set a threshold for the number of reads. I know this is almost possible in UCSC genome browser, but not sure how to start with. or any packages in R to do this?

The idea is to be able to see the reads in the context of gene annotations and also the read counts.

Thanks a lot in advance! Any suggestions welcome...

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11.5 years ago
Fidel ★ 2.0k

You can convert your file into a bedgraph file easily but you will need the chromosome name besides the start position. You can visualize a bedgraph file for inspection in a genome browser. You may also want consider converting the bedgraph file in to a bigwig file wich contains the same information but is indexed and, hence, faster to manipulate for most programms. See

Something like this will produce a valid bedgraph file:

awk 'BEGIN {OFS="\t"}{print "chrName", $1, $1+35, "0",  $2}' <your file> | mergeBed -scores sum >

mergeBed is part of BEDtools, is needed to avoid repeated regions in the bedgraph file which are not allowed.


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