Merge Annotation Tracks

Merge Annotation Tracks merges annotations from two or more annotation tracks into a single annotation track. Only tracks based on compatible genomes can be merged. Merging annotation tracks can be particularly useful with gene tracks from different sources that use different naming conventions.

This tool is not intended for comparison of variant tracks. That is described in Comparing variants.

To run the tool, go to:

        Toolbox | Utility Tools (Image utilities_closed_16_n_p) | Tracks (Image track_tools) | Merge Annotation Tracks (Image merge_two_tracks_16_n_p)

Select the tracks to merge. These tracks must be the same type and they must be based on compatible genomes.

Duplicate annotation handling

Annotations of the same type, with the same start and end coordinates, and the same number of intervals, are considered duplicate annotations.

Duplicate annotations are merged to a single annotation in the output track. The merged annotation's name is based on the annotation name in the top-most track selected in the wizard (that contained that annotation). Information for most other columns, including the region and strand information, is also populated using the information from that input track.

Columns named "Origin names" and "Origin tracks" are added to the merged annotation track. These contain the names of the annotations and the names of the tracks that contributed to the merged annotation.