Novel perspectives for SARS-CoV-2 genome browsing

Visam Gültekin, Jens Allmer
2021 Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics  
SARS-CoV-2 has spread worldwide and caused social, economic, and health turmoil. The first genome assembly of SARS-CoV-2 was produced in Wuhan, and it is widely used as a reference. Subsequently, more than a hundred additional SARS-CoV-2 genomes have been sequenced. While the genomes appear to be mostly identical, there are variations. Therefore, an alignment of all available genomes and the derived consensus sequence could be used as a reference, better serving the science community.
more » ... are significant, but representing them in a genome browser can become, especially if their sequences are largely identical. Here we summarize the variation in one track. Other information not currently found in genome browsers for SARS-CoV-2, such as predicted miRNAs and predicted TRS as well as secondary structure information, were also added as tracks to the consensus genome. We believe that a genome browser based on the consensus sequence is better suited when considering worldwide effects and can become a valuable resource in the combating of COVID-19. The genome browser is available at
doi:10.1515/jib-2021-0001 pmid:33721918 fatcat:xt7lku5ypvafrp6gsrshys6nsm