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In this week's Nature Methods, University of Utah researchers present GIGGLE, a genomics search engine designed to identify and rank the significance of genomic loci shared between query features and thousands of genome interval files. Like search engines for the Internet, GIGGLE provides users with the ability to conduct large-scale comparisons of their results with thousands of reference datasets and genome annotations in seconds, the authors say.

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