Euan Adie posts an entry to the Nascent blog on the sad appearance of genomic and proteomic data visualization. Adie writes, "Why are we stuck representing genomic regions with flat images of lines and boxes?" Check out the full post, complete with examples of especially irksome visuals, here.

 

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