chimeraviz: a tool for visualizing chimeric RNA

Bioinformatics. 2017 Sep 15;33(18):2954-2956. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx329.


Summary: Advances in high-throughput RNA sequencing have enabled more efficient detection of fusion transcripts, but the technology and associated software used for fusion detection from sequencing data often yield a high false discovery rate. Good prioritization of the results is important, and this can be helped by a visualization framework that automatically integrates RNA data with known genomic features. Here we present chimeraviz , a Bioconductor package that automates the creation of chimeric RNA visualizations. The package supports input from nine different fusion-finder tools: deFuse, EricScript, InFusion, JAFFA, FusionCatcher, FusionMap, PRADA, SOAPfuse and STAR-FUSION.

Availability and implementation: chimeraviz is an R package available via Bioconductor ( ) under Artistic-2.0. Source code and support is available at GitHub ( ).


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing / methods*
  • Humans
  • RNA Splicing*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods*
  • Software*


  • RNA, Messenger