Aequatus is an open-source web-based tool developed at EI to visualise homologous gene structures among differing species or subtypes of a common species.

Aequatus uses the Ensembl Compara and Core database schemas as the underlying data platform. Aequatus takes precalculated gene family information and genomic alignments data in the form of CIGAR strings, from Ensembl Compara, and cross-references these sequences to Ensembl Core databases for each species to gather genomic feature information. It then processes the comparative and feature data and renders it through aequatus-vis, a JavaScript plugin to provide visual representation of the phylogenetic and structural relationships among the set of chosen species.

The ultimate goal of the Aequatus Browser is to provide a unique and informative way to render and explore complex relationships between genes from various species to an unprecedented degree.


Aequatus is freely available under the GNU GPL V3 license and source code is available at:



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