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Jessica Kissinger's group at University of Georgia have contributed a very sophisticated GBrowse configuration file that creates a simple synteny viewer inside of GBrowse, which they have called SynView. This viewer is in use at PlasmoDB, and creates views like this one.

SynView is found within the GBrowse distribution, in the gbrowse/contrib/ directory. Also included in the SynView contrib directory is a GUSdb adaptor for GBrowse, but that is not required for making SynView work.



The files in this directory were supplied by Haiming Wang and
Jessica Kissinger at University of Georgia's Center for Tropical & 
Emerging Global Diseases & Department of Genetics.  There are
two components:

 1. A GUSdb adaptor (DAS::GUS) based on Bio::DB::Das::Chado in this
 distribution.  This adaptor is written to be reasonably generic, and
 so it may be possible to use this as a template for creating an
 adaptor for any database.

 2. A sample configuration file (plasmodb.conf) that is similar to what
 drives the synteny tracks in the gbrowse installation at  For an example of what the display looks like,

 This synteny view can use any GBrowse data adaptor, including the 
 Bio::DB::GFF and memory adaptors. Note that SynView requires 

An example dataset is also included in the MAL11 directory; this directory
contains a GFF3 file, fasta file and a GBrowse configuration file set
up to use the memory adaptor.

This of course is a very brief introduction to SynView, for more
information, please see, contact
Jessica or Haiming, or see their paper in Bioinformatics:

Wang, H., Su, Y., Mackey, A., Kraemer, E., and *Kissinger, J.C.* (2006)
SynView: A GBrowse-compatible Approach to Visualizing Comparative Genome
Data. Bioinformatics 22(18), 2308-2309