BARD: A visualization tool for biological sequence analysis


Journal Article

We present BARD (biological arc diagrams), a visualization tool for biological sequence analysis. The development of BARD began with the application of Wattenberg's arc diagrams [Wattenberg 2002] to results from sequence analysis programs, such as BLAST [Altschul et al. 1990]. In this paper, we extend the initial arc diagram concept in two ways: 1) by separating the visualization method from the underlying matching algorithm and 2) by expanding the types of matches to include inexact matches, complemented palindrome matches, and inter-sequence matches. BARD renders each type of match distinctly, resulting in a powerful tool to quickly understand sequence similarities and differences. We illustrate the power of BARD by applying the technique to a comparative sequence analysis of the human pathogenic fungi Cryptococcus neoformans. © 2003 IEEE.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Spell, R; Dietrich, F; Brady, R

Published Date

  • December 1, 2003

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 219 - 226

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-404X

Citation Source

  • Scopus