Evolution of an idea

It’s great to sit back and watch ideas and software unfold.

Just over a year ago, Euan asked whether anyone was employing AJAX in graphical genome browsers. The old-style “reload on refresh” browsers (UCSC, Gbrowse, Ensembl) were starting to look a bit Web 1.0.

This sparked plenty of discussion, including a pointer to X:Map: a very nice alternative view of Ensembl data using the Google Maps API (update: and of course ajax-ification of Gbrowse).

Jump forward to today and thanks to Euan’s del.icio.us feed via FriendFeed, I discover Genome Projector, which takes the zoom-able Google Maps idea to a new level.

And that’s how social networks let you discover stuff. Brilliant.