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27 June 2016 - New Way to Share Sessions - Public Sessions!
We are excited to announce the release of the
page, the newest way to share your UCSC Genome Browser snapshots with your colleagues
and the world. The Public Sessions page collects sessions that users have elected to share
publicly. Sessions on this page can be filtered based on assembly, name, or a phrase from
the description. Sessions can also be sorted based on their popularity or creation date.
To add your own sessions to this Public Sessions page, just check the box under "post in
public listing" on the session management page.
The Genome Browser session management page has also received an
update with the release of the new Public Sessions page. Sessions are now arranged in a table,
where varying numbers of sessions can be displayed on a page of this table. Sessions can now be
filtered and ordered based on session name, primary assembly, and creation date. Clicking on the
session name now displays that session in the Genome Browser. Session details, such as the name
or the description, can be changed using the "details" button in the new table layout.
The release of the new Public Sessions page also marks a change in our session expiration policy.
We no longer expire sessions and associated custom tracks four months after their last use.
Please note, however, that the UCSC Genome Browser is not a data storage service and that we
encourage you to keep local copies of your session contents and custom track data.
For more information about using sessions to share snapshots of the UCSC Genome Browser,
please see the User Guide or our blog post,
"How to share your UCSC screenthoughts."
Thanks to Jonathan Casper and Matthew Speir for their work on this new tool.
15 June 2016 - New Official Asian Mirror Released
We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new supported Genome Browser mirror
to serve our users in Asia. The genome-asia server
which is administered by UCSC, is physically located at the
RIKEN Yokohama Campus
Genome-asia is intended as an alternate, faster access point for those Browser users
who are geographically closer to Asia than to the western United States. The mirror
is functionally identical to the U.S.-based server, with one exception. Custom tracks
residing on the U.S. server are not automatically accessible from the genome-asia mirror;
therefore, the use of these custom tracks and saved sessions containing them will require
some manual intervention.
Genome Browser users located in Asia will be automatically redirected to genome-asia
when they click the "Genomes" menu item on the Genome Browser home page, but will have
the option to remain on the U.S.-based server. In addition to the
genome-asia mirror, we continue to support a Europe-based Genome Browser mirror
in Bielefeld, Germany. A third-party mirror in
is available as an emergency backup in the rare event
that our three supported sites are offline.
We wish to express our special thanks to Dr. Hideya Kawaji at the
Center for Computing and Communication for making this possible. We would also
like to acknowledge the following members of the UCSC Genome Browser team for their efforts:
Galt Barber, Robert Kuhn, Jorge Garcia, and Luvina Guruvadoo.
6 June 2016 - New video: Exon-only mode
We are proud to announce a new video demonstrating the
exon-only feature. This feature is useful in gene-expresson studies and
for those doing whole-exome sequencing.
1 June 2016 - New Density Graph Feature!
The Genome Browser is proud to announce a new "density graph" feature for
a variety of tracks, including BAM custom tracks, that converts data into a summary display.