Accessing NCBI data using the NCBI Sequence Viewer and Genome Data Viewer (GDV)

Genome Res. 2021 Jan;31(1):159-169. doi: 10.1101/gr.266932.120. Epub 2020 Nov 25.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is an archive providing free access to a wide range and large volume of biological sequence data and literature. Staff scientists at NCBI analyze user-submitted data in the archive, producing gene and SNP annotation and generating sequence alignment tools. NCBI's flagship genome browser, Genome Data Viewer (GDV), displays our in-house RefSeq annotation; is integrated with other NCBI resources such as Gene, dbGaP, and BLAST; and provides a platform for customized analysis and visualization. Here, we describe how members of the biomedical research community can use GDV and the related NCBI Sequence Viewer (SV) to access, analyze, and disseminate NCBI and custom biomedical sequence data. In addition, we report how users can add SV to their own web pages to create a custom graphical sequence display without the need for infrastructure investments or back-end deployments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural