Skip to content


The Omics Explorer allows users to view a subject’s genetic test data in an easy to navigate format. LifeOmic takes the raw test data (chromosome position and identified variant change) from the sequencing vendor and annotates it through our own annotation pipeline. Our knowledge base is called Gnosis and it is comprised of data from external databases (such as dbSNP, gnomAD, and ClinVar) along with our annotation of variants using our own knowledge base.

How to Access the Omics Explorer

To access the Omics Explorer:

  1. Navigate to the Subjects tab on the left of the PHC screen
  2. Locate the subject in the Subjects Table whose data you wish to view by:
    • Selecting NO filters, which allows you to scroll through the list of all subjects in your project.
    • Using filters to locate your subject.
  3. Launch Omics Explorer by:

    • Hovering over the subject's row to access the Omics Explorer button . Click to launch it.

    Launch button


    • Clicking on the subject (which launches Subject Viewer), then clicking the Omics Explorer icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen

    Launch button 2

Omics Explorer Layout

The blue banner at the top of the Omics Explorer includes the following information:

  • Project Name/Subject Name - Clicking the masked mode icon to unmasked mode in the top right hand corner of the page will change what info is displayed (see clip below).

    Omics Masked

  • Basic demographics about the subject (living status, race, ethnicity, DOB, and age)

  • Genetic tests dropdown menu (test data from genetic testing vendors are grouped as a “test”) - the most recent test is sorted to the top of the dropdown
    • Sequence Name (test) such as Ashion
    • Sequence Type (refers to the type of test)
    • Date
  • Body Site – Where tissue sample came from (breast biopsy, saliva, blood, and so on).
  • MSI – Microsatellite Instability (tells how genomically stable the cancer is)
  • TMB – Tumor Mutation Burden (quantitative and qualitative measure of how many mutations have been identified in that tumor).
  • Table of Results, called the Omics Explorer Table

Omics Explorer Table

This table shows any data from Omics tests that has been ingested into the PHC. In some views, the data can be further filtered to fine tune your search.

Hyperlinks in the Omics Explorer Data Table link to the public annotation source.

Omics Home


Filters help fine tune your search through the available data. Filters are only available in the Omics Filtered View (Omics Summary is toggled off). They are found on the left side of the screen.

Table Column Headers

  • In the Omics Filtered View (Omics Summary is toggled off), most of the table column headers correspond with the filters on the left side of the Omics Explorer. Filters will only apply to the sequence type and the variant type (for example, filtering on the Somatic Short Variants).

  • In the Omics Summary view (Omics Summary is toggled on), the first 6 table columns are the most likely to populate data (CKB-Variant Type). The other table columns are for short variants and will be blank if it doesn’t apply to that variant type.

List of Table Column Headers: Most data in the Omics Explorer table is curated by LifeOmic except where noted below.

  • CKB – LifeOmic’s own internal database built from external sources (public data)
  • Gene – this hyperlink opens the ncbi site for that specific gene in a new window
  • AA Change – Amino Acid change
  • NC Change - Nucleotide change
  • Position – This is the DNA position in the genome where the mutation happened. The hyperlink opens a genome browser in a new window, such as ucsc

  • Variant Class

    • Somatic Expression
    • Somatic Copy Number
    • Somatic Structure
  • Variant Allele Freq - Frequency the variant was detected in this sample (such as variant reads/total reads)

  • Zygosity
  • Genomes Freq - Population frequency from gnomAD whole genome sequencing data
  • Genomes HOM - Number of people homozygous for the variant in the gnomAD whole genome sequencing data
  • Exomes Freq - Population frequency from gnomAD whole exome sequencing data
  • Exomes HOM - Number of people homozygous for the variant in the gnomAD while exome sequencing data
  • DBSNP RS ID - ID for the variant in the dbSNP database
  • ClinVar Significance - Clinical Significance reported in ClinVar from submitting labs
  • ClinVar Disease - Disease for which clinical significance was assigned in ClinVar
  • COSMIC Status - Status reported in the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC)
  • COSMIC Count - Number of samples in COSMIC with the variant
  • Damaging % - Percentage of in-silico predictors (18 max) that predict the variant is damaging (for example, 9/18 = 50%)
  • Damaging Rank Score - The mean rank of the all in-silico predictors with value between 0-1,1 being most likely damaging and 0 being most likely benign.
  • Sift - One of the 18 in-silico predictors used and it's individual prediction. D = damaging, T = tolerated
  • MUT Taster - One of the 18 in-silico predictors used and it's individual prediction. D = damaging, T = tolerated
  • FATHMM - One of the 18 in-silico predictors used and it's individual prediction. D = damaging, T = tolerated
  • Gene ID
  • Transcript ID
  • Gene Class
  • Ref (provided by the sequencing result)
  • Alt (provided by the sequencing result)
  • Ref:Alt:Depth (provided by the sequencing result)
  • VCF Qual (provided by the sequencing result)
  • VCF Filter (provided by the sequencing result)
  • Coding Effect
  • EXON Number
  • Impact
  • Min Freq
  • Max Freq
  • ClinVar ID
  • ClinVar Review
  • ClinVar Submission
  • ClinVar Nearby
  • COSMIC Histology
  • COSMIC Site
  • COSMIC Nearby
  • IGV – Integrated Genome Viewer is a public tool. It’s useful for research and to validate if a mutation looks correct. Clicking the IGV icon in a row opens an IGV viewer (see below). BAM files (raw data)can be viewed in IGV.

    IGV Viewer

Omics Data Viewing Options

Data from Omics tests can be viewed either in a summary view (Omics Summary) or a filtered view (Omics Filtered View). Switching between these views is accomplished by toggling the Omics Summary ON and OFF (as seen in the clip below).

Omics Summary

Omics Summary

The Omics Summary view combines all the variants from a single test by sequence type and variant type into a single table for browsing.

Omics Filtered View

With the Omics Summary toggled OFF, the Omics Filtered View is displayed. This view breaks down the Somatic and Germline data into separate tabs/data tables and filtering is enabled.

  • Variants Types - The number beside each of these represents the number of variants present in this sample.

    • Short (single changes in the DNA such as 1 base change)
    • Structural (rearrangement of the DNA such as translocation and inversion)
    • Copy Number (duplications or deletions of a large region)
    • Expression (RNA sequencing)

    Omics Variants

    This differs from the “Variant Count” found at the bottom left of the filters list (see image below). The variant count reports the number of variants matching the selected filters. (Filter options change based on which Variant Type is selected).

    Variant Count

Variant Match/Gene Match/Affects Alternate Transcripts

Omics Dots

Variant Match (green dot) – Refers to cancer knowledge base (CKB) and will show when you filter on CKB (seen primarily in Somatic Variant tab). This means there is an exact gene match for the Gene Name and AA Change in the CKB.

If we click on a Variant Match this will open the Variant Detail page. Here we can look at the CKB section and see the Variant Matches are listed first as these are exact matches. The Gene Matches follow and provide additional information.

Gene Match (purple dot) – Refers to the cancer knowledge base (CKB). The Gene Match means this gene is known to have a gene drug association which can be viewed on the Variant Detail page. -

Affects Alternate Transcript (blue dot) – A blue colored dot on the table means there may be other information or different transcripts (RNAs) for this gene, even though only the canonical transcript is displayed in the Omics Explorer Table to keep the table simple. To view the other transcripts/information, click on the row to open the Variant Detail page. Here you can scroll down to view the Alternate Transcripts.

Affects Alt Trans

In the clip above, there is a blue dot next to AA Change, if you hover over the dot, it shows the other positions for the AA change. There is also a blue dot beside Variant Class. This means the Variant Class shown is for the canonical transcript, but hovering over the dot will tell you there is evidence of it matching another variant class.

Access to More Data

In the top right corner of the blue header are three buttons that allow users to access more information regarding the subject and their test data.

File Buttons

  • View Test Detail Button The View Test Detail Button opens a page in a new browser window. This page is called Omics Tests and contains details of the test (see image below).

Omics Tests

  • View PDF in Files – If a lab report (pdf) from the sequencing lab is uploaded to the PHC, clicking this takes you to the Files User Interface so you can view the test files. Below is an example of a pdf test report.


  • Subject Viewer - Allows you to switch to the Subject Viewer page

Clinical Trial Matching

This feature helps look for clinical trials a subject would be eligible for. By default, it is turned off but can be turned on by LifeOmic. If enabled, it can be accessed by clicking the Trial Match icon in the top right corner of the blue header.

Trial Match icon

This takes you to the Clinical Trial Matching page (see below).

Trial Match Page

Match Input

The following is the info sent out to search for a match:

  • Birthdate
  • Gender
  • Zip Code
  • Disease for a subject
  • Biomarkers

Search Criteria

Clinical trial searches can be fine tuned with these options:

  • Zipcode search and Max distance from zip code
  • Exclude Disease Subtypes checkbox
  • Ignore Biomarker Criteria checkbox
  • Select the Trial Type from the dropdown menu
  • Select/Deselect individual variants (it only search on the ones selected)

After making any changes, click the Search for Trials button.

Trial Match Table

The Trial Match Table lists any matching trials this subject would qualify for. The list of trials is organized by nearest location.

Last update: 2021-01-27