LocusZoom.js: interactive and embeddable visualization of genetic association study results

Bioinformatics. 2021 Sep 29;37(18):3017-3018. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btab186.


Summary: LocusZoom.js is a JavaScript library for creating interactive web-based visualizations of genetic association study results. It can display one or more traits in the context of relevant biological data (such as gene models and other genomic annotation), and allows interactive refinement of analysis models (by selecting linkage disequilibrium reference panels, identifying sets of likely causal variants, or comparisons to the GWAS catalog). It can be embedded in web pages to enable data sharing and exploration. Views can be customized and extended to display other data types such as phenome-wide association study (PheWAS) results, chromatin co-accessibility, or eQTL measurements. A new web upload service harmonizes datasets, adds annotations, and makes it easy to explore user-provided result sets.

Availability and implementation: LocusZoom.js is open-source software under a permissive MIT license. Code and documentation are available at: Installable packages for all versions are also distributed via NPM. Additional features are provided as standalone libraries to promote reuse. Use with your own GWAS results at

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Documentation
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Genome
  • Genomics*
  • Software*