This tutorial will guide you through the required steps to download a whole genome multiple alignment from the UCSC genome browser and explore it in GenomeView.
This should be self-explanatory, but in case it's not, you can check-out the Quick Start Guide
What is the Genome Explorer?
You can find D. melanogaster genome in the insect tab. We'll need the
The URL for all multiple alignments for D. melanogaster is:
Copy the URL of one of the MAF files you find there, for example right click on
chr2R.maf.gz which allows you to copy the URL to that file.
The full URL to that file is http://hgdownload.cse.ucsc.edu/goldenPath/dm3/multiz15way/chr2R.maf.gz
Make sure you copy this URL somewhere so you don't have to type it in a second.
Next tell GenomeView to load more data
File > Load data..., select URL from the options. You now see a text field where you will paste the URL above.
After you paste the URL, press
GenomeView will prompt you now whether you want to pre-process this file. You want to do that, so press yes.
GenomeView will now ask where the preprocessed files should be stored. Pick a location anywhere on your computer. If you want to load this multiple alignment in the future, you can directly those files from your local computer and you don't have to go through the steps here.
Once that's done, GenomeView will start processing the files, which can take a couple of minutes. This is a one-time process.
At the end GenomeView will load up the freshly produced multiple alignment.