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BMC Bioinformatics

, 18:287

Imaging, image analysis and data visualization


BackgroundA common task for scientists relies on comparing lists of genes or genomic regions derived from high-throughput sequencing experiments. While several tools exist to intersect and visualize sets of genes, similar tools dedicated to the visualization of genomic region sets are currently limited.

ResultsTo address this gap, we have developed the Intervene tool, which provides an easy and automated interface for the effective intersection and visualization of genomic region or list sets, thus facilitating their analysis and interpretation. Intervene contains three modules: venn to generate Venn diagrams of up to six sets, upset to generate UpSet plots of multiple sets, and pairwise to compute and visualize intersections of multiple sets as clustered heat maps. Intervene, and its interactive web ShinyApp companion, generate publication-quality figures for the interpretation of genomic region and list sets.

ConclusionsIntervene and its web application companion provide an easy command line and an interactive web interface to compute intersections of multiple genomic and list sets. They have the capacity to plot intersections using easy-to-interpret visual approaches. Intervene is developed and designed to meet the needs of both computer scientists and biologists. The source code is freely available at, with the web application available at

KeywordsVisualization Venn diagrams UpSet plots Heat maps Genome analysis AbbreviationsChIP-seqChromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing

ENCODEThe Encyclopedia of DNA Elements

hESCsHuman embryonic stem cells


TFsTranscription factors

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12859-017-1708-7 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Autor: Aziz Khan - Anthony Mathelier


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