Visual Strategies for Biological Data – A review

I recently came across a compilation of columns that were originally published in Nature Methods. The compilation was subsequently published in 2015 as a document that covers data visualization and presentation of scientific data. It is a brief collection (40 pages) that provides a good set of suggestions when presenting and visualizing complex data sets.

Columns include general topics such as:

  • Color Coding
  • Negative Space
  • Arrows
  • Networks
  • Heat maps

It also covers areas specific to Bioinformatics such as:

  • Representing the genome
  • Representing genomic structure
  • Visualizing biological data

As expected, Information content is high and presentation is professional and all within 40 pages, whats not to like, I learned a few techniques that will help with my data presentation and visualization moving forwards.

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