GWAS Data

IGV can display genome-wide association study (GWAS)  data as a "manhattan plot", color-coded by chromosome.   Data formats are described here.

The plot represents the significance of the association between a SNP or haplotype and the trait being measured.  The Y-axis shows -log10 transformed P values, which represent the strength of association.

The size of the data points in the plot and their height on the left-hand side of the data pane relate directly to their significance: the larger the point and the higher the point on the scale, the more significant the association with the trait.  You can see the point size difference in the following screenshot of data on chromosome 1.

As in other parts of IGV, hovering over a data point allows you to see a pop-up containing the data specifically associated with that point.  You can see the pop-up for the topmost data point in this image. Note that the point's position on the scale on the left is associated with its P value. 

GWAS Pop-up Menu

 The following commands appear in the pop-up menu for GWAS tracks:

Command Description
Rename Track Renames the track.
Remove Track Removes the selected track from the display.
Set Data Range... Changes the minimum, baseline, and maximum values of the scale used for the GWAS data.
Change Track Height... Changes the display height of the track.

Color Scheme
Chromosome color
Single color
Alternating color

Changes the display to use different color schemes for the chromosome color-coding. The chromosome color scheme (default) uses the colors defined by IGV. 

The single color scheme changes all the chromosomes to display in a single color (blue by default). 

The alternating color scheme uses two colors (blue and gold by default) that alternate through the chromosomes.

Set primary color...

Set the color for the single color scheme and for one of the colors in the alternating color scheme.
Set alternating color... Set the alternating color in the alternating color scheme.

Set minimum point size...

Set the minimum data point display size.
Set maximum point size... Set the maximum data point display size.
Save image... Save the current display as a PNG file.