Traditionally, viewing or searching through genomic files like VCFs has been very difficult and intensive. Compass is designed to enable all users, regardless of technological expertise or scientfic know-how, to explore their data. Instead of downloading cumbersome programs like glogg, or searching through their files in the command-line, anyone with access to the web can dive into their data. Best of all, Compass is open to everyone, whether a DNA.Land user or not, and is entirely free.
DNA.Land was developed by the Erlich Lab, a group of scientists at the New York Genome Center and affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. The Lab is active in researching single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), short tandem repeats (STRs), and genetic privacy among other areas, and its members have published multiple notable papers.
Compass was built by Charlie Curnin, a high school student on a summer internship at the Erlich Lab.
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