Paediatrics Publications

Title

BEAVR: A browser-based tool for the exploration and visualization of RNA-seq data

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-29-2020

Journal

BMC Bioinformatics

Volume

21

Issue

1

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1186/s12859-020-03549-8

Abstract

Background: The use of RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) in molecular biology research and clinical settings has increased significantly over the past decade. Despite its widespread adoption, there is a lack of simple and interactive tools to analyze and explore RNA-seq data. Many established tools require programming or Unix/Bash knowledge to analyze and visualize results. This requirement presents a significant barrier for many researchers to efficiently analyze and present RNA-seq data. Results: Here we present BEAVR, a Browser-based tool for the Exploration And Visualization of RNA-seq data. BEAVR is an easy-to-use tool that facilitates interactive analysis and exploration of RNA-seq data. BEAVR is developed in R and uses DESeq2 as its engine for differential gene expression (DGE) analysis, but assumes users have no prior knowledge of R or DESeq2. BEAVR allows researchers to easily obtain a table of differentially-expressed genes with statistical testing and then visualize the results in a series of graphs, plots and heatmaps. Users are able to customize many parameters for statistical testing, dealing with variance, clustering methods and pathway analysis to generate high quality figures. Conclusion: BEAVR simplifies analysis for novice users but also streamlines the RNA-seq analysis process for experts by automating several steps. BEAVR and its documentation can be found on GitHub at https://github.com/developerpiru/BEAVR. BEAVR is available as a Docker container at https://hub.docker.com/r/pirunthan/beavr.

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