The publicly available UCSC Archaeal Genome Browser provides you with many research and analysis tools that can be used to examine the genomes of more than 50 microbial species from the domain archaea. It is based on the USCS Genome Browser, and thus contains many of the easy to use features that some of you have already become familiar with. Data also include the genomes of important bacteria for comparison.

Searching and browsing through the genomic data is convenient and simple. There are a variety of basic and advanced tools, as well. You can search by DNA or protein sequence using BLAT, or use the UCSC In-Silico PCR tool to search by primer sequences, and then examine your predicted PCR product. The Table Browser enables you to retrieve the data from the data tracks you want in text format. And it is very easy to download and format any sequence you want using the "Get DNA in Window" feature offered. Multiple options and methods enable you to customize your data display to your liking. The UCSC Archaeal Genome Browser is a valuable resource to anyone interested in archaeal genome research.

You will learn:

  • Browse and search through the available archaeal genome data to find what you need
  • Understand the data you obtain and link to more information
  • Customize and manipulate your data in the genome browser
  • Use Blat and the In-Silico PCR tools to search by sequence
  • Understand and access some of the additional advanced tools available


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group UCSC Tutorials. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

ENCODE Foundations: ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements

UCSC Genome Browser: The Additional Tools: Additional tools at the UCSC Genome Browser

UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser: UCSC Genome Browser advanced topics


UCSC Genome Browser: An Introduction: The UCSC Genome Browser Introduction

This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Microbe resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Complete Microbial Genomes: An extensive collection of data, resources and tools for prokaryotic genomic analysis

Viral Genomes at NCBI: Viral genome resources including single-stranded or double-stranded RNA or DNA viruses

CMR: Comprehensive Microbial Resource

Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG): IMG is a powerful community resource for the comparative analysis and annotation of microbial genome data.

Integrated Microbial Genomes with Microbiome samples (IMG/M): IMG/M provides tools for analyzing the functional capability of microbial communities based on their metagenome sequence

VBRC: The Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center

GenoCAD Advanced Topics: Computer-Assisted Design software for synthetic biology

GenoCAD: Computer-Assisted Design software for synthetic biology


Genome Databases (prok + viral) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at prokaryotic or viral organisms. Some may contain eukaryotic data as well.


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Recent BioMed Central research articles citing this resource

Dennis P. Patrick et al., C/D box sRNA-guided 2′- O -methylation patterns of archaeal rRNA molecules Comparative and evolutionary genomics. BMC Genomics (2015) doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1839-z

Kiljunen Saija et al., Generation of comprehensive transposon insertion mutant library for the model archaeon, Haloferax volcanii , and its use for gene discovery. BMC Biology (2014) doi:10.1186/s12915-014-0103-3

Nalabothula Narasimharao et al., Archaeal nucleosome positioning in vivo and in vitro is directed by primary sequence motifs Comparative and evolutionary genomics. BMC Genomics (2013) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-391

Lin Yu-fei et al., A combination of improved differential and global RNA-seq reveals pervasive transcription initiation and events in all stages of the life-cycle of functional RNAs in Propionibacterium acnes , a major contributor to wide-spread human disease Prokaryote microbial genomics. BMC Genomics (2013) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-620

Nguyen-Duc Trong et al., The genome-wide binding profile of the Sulfolobus solfataricus transcription factor Ss-LrpB shows binding events beyond direct transcription regulation Prokaryote microbial genomics. BMC Genomics (2013) doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-828