Cluster Locator, online analysis and visualization of gene clustering

Bioinformatics. 2018 Oct 1;34(19):3377-3379. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty336.


Summary: Genes sharing functions, expression patterns or quantitative traits are not randomly distributed along eukaryotic genomes. In order to study the distribution of genes that share a given feature, we present Cluster Locator, an online analysis and visualization tool. Cluster Locator determines the number, size and position of all the clusters formed by the protein-coding genes on a list according to a given maximum gap, the percentage of gene clustering of the list and its statistical significance. The output includes a visual representation of the distribution of genes and gene clusters along the reference genome.

Availability and implementation: Cluster Locator is freely available at

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cluster Analysis
  • Eukaryota
  • Genome
  • Multigene Family*
  • Software