European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton Cambridge CB10 1SD
The epigenome describes the collection of chromatin modifications that are stable through cell division and are apparently indicative of cell type. Epigenetic features include DNA methylation, histone modifications, and other aspects of chromatin organisation. Genome browsers were developed as part of the human genome project to visualise and organise genomic data and analysis using the common index of the genome sequence. These browsers and other tools are now being expanded to support the growing collection of epigenomic data. Ideally viewing data in genome browsers allows researchers to better understand their own data, draw new scientific conclusions, and present their data to others in a visually appealing and intuitive way.