IslandViewer: an integrated interface for computational identification and visualization of genomic islands

Bioinformatics. 2009 Mar 1;25(5):664-5. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp030. Epub 2009 Jan 16.


Summary: Genomic islands (clusters of genes of probable horizontal origin; GIs) play a critical role in medically important adaptations of bacteria. Recently, several computational methods have been developed to predict GIs that utilize either sequence composition bias or comparative genomics approaches. IslandViewer is a web accessible application that provides the first user-friendly interface for obtaining precomputed GI predictions, or predictions from user-inputted sequence, using the most accurate methods for genomic island prediction: IslandPick, IslandPath-DIMOB and SIGI-HMM. The graphical interface allows easy viewing and downloading of island data in multiple formats, at both the chromosome and gene level, for method-specific, or overlapping, GI predictions.

Availability: The IslandViewer web service is available at and the source code is freely available under the GNU GPL license.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Computer Graphics
  • Genomic Islands*
  • Genomics / methods
  • Internet
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface