Monday, December 01, 2008

UCSC Genome Browser

A while back, I wrote a little hack to to download and parse genome data from NCBI, but was flummoxed by NCBI's format for eukaryotes. A couple of local bioinformatics gurus directed me to UCSC as an alternate data source. UCSC's Genome Browser provides a nice interface to it's underlying data through a Table Browser. The main genome browser has data for eukaryotes, while archaea (and other prokaryotes) are in a separate project. The Table Browser for the archaeal genome browser is a little tricky to find, but it's there.