What is IGV?

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IGV stands for Integrative Genomics Viewer. It is an external, high-performance visualization tool for interactive exploration of large, integrated genomic datasets. It supports a wide variety of data types, including array-based and next-generation sequence data and genomic annotations.

IGV can use Tapestri data (.bam files) to visualize the data and gain additional insights, such as genome coverage and data quality. The IGV application has tools to sort and index .bam files. IGV shows all the reads aligned to the reference genome and can be used to view the coverage details for the variant of interest.

Note: .bam files must be sorted and indexed first before they can be used with IGV.

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