Information Visualization Techniques in Bioinformatics during the Postgenomic Era

Drug Discov Today Biosilico. 2004 Nov;2(6):237-245. doi: 10.1016/S1741-8364(04)02423-0.


Information visualization techniques, which take advantage of the bandwidth of human vision, are powerful tools for organizing and analyzing a large amount of data. In the postgenomic era, information visualization tools are indispensable for biomedical research. This paper aims to present an overview of current applications of information visualization techniques in bioinformatics for visualizing different types of biological data, such as from genomics, proteomics, expression profiling and structural studies. Finally, we discuss the challenges of information visualization in bioinformatics related to dealing with more complex biological information in the emerging fields of systems biology and systems medicine.