It seems that Genome Projector has swept the blogosphere over the last 24 hours. I’ve seen it listed on many of the blogs I’m reading. It looks very good and intuitive. I just wanted to mention a couple of things.
This is a beautiful example of what happens when open source software is championed. Google maps has essentially been reworked as a genome browser. Beautiful.
“Development API is available for Google Map View! Any image (in almost any format including GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP and even SVG) of any size can be readily converted to zoomable image using generateGMap() API distributed within the G-language Genome Analysis Environment with open-source GNU General Public License.”
Second, is there any future in the Google API for tree viewing? BioPerl will quickly convert any newick file to SVG. It is clearly mature code. It includes a little inset to see where you are in the genome (tree). Works in most browsers. Zoom and move is the basis of most tree navigation. Search and mark locations (taxa) are already available. It might be worth a look.