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Global Distribution of Crassphage Map

How to make beautiful maps

Making maps is hard. Even though we’ve been making maps for hundreds of years, it is still hard. Making good looking maps is really hard. We published a map that is both beautiful and tells a story, and this is the story of how we made that map.

But a figure like this does not appear immediately, it takes work to get something to look this good, and needless to say it wasn’t me that made it look so great!

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ReadMapper: a program that maps sequencing reads to a nucleotide backbone, and creates a publication quality figure.


ReadMapper is based on R code that was written to analyze our inhouse data.  The code has been modified to make it user friendly and allow other people, who are not as versed in the R language, to be able to map sequencing reads to a nucleotide backbone, and create publication quality figures.  In our project we were mapping translatome data to the genome of the phage Lambda (this is what the included sample data is), as well as the currently annotated gene open reading frames.  Which looks just like the figure below.

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