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The SynBrowse synteny viewer, a GMOD component, is moving towards its second major release. Xiaokang Pan, the project's lead developer, is looking for volunteer developers to help get this release out sooner.

SynBrowse2 is written in Perl, and is built on several open source components, including parts of GBrowse. SynBrowse2 need particular improvements in run-time performance and its alignment parsing tools. Ideally, programmers will develop SynBrowse2 using a set of animal or microbial genomes (Xiaokang is already working with several plant genomes). Programmers can improve the alignment parsing tools, fix potential bugs and hopefully improve other parts of SynBrowse as well.

If you have any interest in and/or experience with multiple alignment or synteny visualization tools please considering contributing to the SynBrowse project. Xiaokang can be reached at


Dave Clements
GMOD Help Desk

Posted to the GMOD News on 2008/03/21