The UCSC Genome Browser database: 2017 update

Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Jan 4;45(D1):D626-D634. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw1134. Epub 2016 Nov 29.


Since its 2001 debut, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome Browser ( team has provided continuous support to the international genomics and biomedical communities through a web-based, open source platform designed for the fast, scalable display of sequence alignments and annotations landscaped against a vast collection of quality reference genome assemblies. The browser's publicly accessible databases are the backbone of a rich, integrated bioinformatics tool suite that includes a graphical interface for data queries and downloads, alignment programs, command-line utilities and more. This year's highlights include newly designed home and gateway pages; a new 'multi-region' track display configuration for exon-only, gene-only and custom regions visualization; new genome browsers for three species (brown kiwi, crab-eating macaque and Malayan flying lemur); eight updated genome assemblies; extended support for new data types such as CRAM, RNA-seq expression data and long-range chromatin interaction pairs; and the unveiling of a new supported mirror site in Japan.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genome
  • Genomics / methods
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation
  • Search Engine*
  • Software
  • Web Browser*