The qBED track: a novel genome browser visualization for point processes

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
A. MoudgilRobi David Mitra


Summary: Transposon calling cards is a genomic assay for identifying transcription factor binding sites in both bulk and single cell experiments. Here we describe the qBED format, an open, text-based standard for encoding and analyzing calling card data. In parallel, we introduce the qBED track on the WashU Epigenome Browser, a novel visualization that enables researchers to inspect calling card data in their genomic context. Finally, through examples, we demonstrate that qBED files can be used to visualize non-calling card datasets, such as CADD scores and GWAS hits, and may have broad utility to the genomics community. Availability and Implementation: The qBED track is available on the WashU Epigenome Browser (, beginning with version 50.3.6. Source code for the WashU Epigenome Browser with qBED support is available on GitHub ( and We have also released a tutorial on how to upload qBED data to the browser (

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