Newt: a comprehensive web-based tool for viewing, constructing and analyzing biological maps

Bioinformatics. 2021 Jun 16;37(10):1475-1477. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa850.


Motivation: Visualization of cellular processes and pathways is a key recurring requirement for effective biological data analysis. There is a considerable need for sophisticated web-based pathway viewers and editors operating with widely accepted standard formats, using the latest visualization techniques and libraries.

Results: We developed a web-based tool named Newt for viewing, constructing and analyzing biological maps in standard formats such as SBGN, SBML and SIF.

Availability and implementation: Newt's source code is publicly available on GitHub and freely distributed under the GNU LGPL. Ample documentation on Newt can be found on and on YouTube.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Internet
  • Salamandridae
  • Signal Transduction
  • Software*
  • Systems Biology*