Bioconductor is an open source, open development software project to provide tools for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. It is based primarily on the R programming language.

The Bioconductor release version is updated twice each year, and is appropriate for most users. There is also a development version, to which new features and packages are added prior to incorporation in the release. A large number of meta-data packages provide pathway, organism, microarray and other annotations.

The Bioconductor project started in 2001 and is overseen by a core team, based primarily at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and by other members coming from US and international institutions. It gained widespread exposure in a 2004 Genome Biology paper.

Bioconductor Packages

Most Bioconductor components are distributed as R packages. The functional scope of Bioconductor packages includes the analysis of DNA microarray, sequence, flow, SNP, and other data.

Project Goals

The broad goals of the Bioconductor project are:

Main Project Features

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center