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The Research Environment has a number of applications on the desktop that will aid you in your analysis of the Genomics England dataset. These applications are accessible via desktop icons or through the Applications icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

Similarly, the Research Environment also has a number of whitelisted websites that will be accessible once inside the environment. You can request additional desktop applications or for websites to be whitelisted within the Research Environment by contacting the Genomics England Service DeskPlease be aware that we will not install desktop applications that are redundant with existing applications and we will not whitelist websites that may put the security of the Research Environment at risk.

Below, you will see an up-to-date list of desktop applications and whitelisted websites within the Research Environment.

Inuvika Desktop Applications



Desktop file manager to navigate and access the files and folders that are available to you.


A software suite to access, integrate, and analyse the Genomics England clinical dataset.

FirefoxInternet browser for whitelisted websites.
LibreOfficeA Microsoft Office-like suite of applications for data manipulation and presentation.
TerminalThe Linux command line interface.


A powerful and flexible programming language for statistical computing and graphics.


An integrated development environment (IDE) for R.

AtomA source code editor that can be used as an integrated development environment (IDE) for Python.


Text editor.


Text editor.

PDF Viewer

Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer.

IGV Genome Browser

A high-performance visualisation tool for interactive exploration of large, integrated genomic datasets. Please note that the reference assemblies need to be manually loaded, as described here.

PanelAppA crowd sourcing tool to allow gene panels to shared, viewed and evaluated by the scientific community.

Rocket Chat

Rocket Chat is a chat facility that is available within the Research Environment to help you collaborate and communicate with other users.

File Transfer

An electronic form for you to request data transfer in and out of the Research Environment.

Research Environment Documentation

A link to the Research Environment documentation.

Data Discovery PortalThe Data Discovery Portal allows you to browse and query the primary and clinical data available in the Research Environment using drop-down filters and interactive charts and graphs
Interactive Variant Analysis Tool (IVA)A powerful variant catalog allowing for you to query genomic data using an intuitive web interface
Participant ExplorerThe Genomics England Participant Explorer is a powerful tool that enables researchers to quickly and easily search for Main Programme participants by ID or by clinical concepts, and view their longitudinal health data.

Whitelisted Sites

WebsiteWhitelisted urlsHomepage*
Compbio HPO*
Consensus CDS*
Ensembl Human******
exAC Browser beta
Genetics Home Reference Gene Browser***
Genomics Plc
gnomAD Browser betahttp://gnomad.broadinstitute.org
HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee******
Human Phenotype Ontology***
IGV Browser**
Local LabKeylabkey.embassy.local/*
Xfam (Pfam, Rfam, Dfam, Treefam, iPfam, Antifam)***
SMART (a Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool)*
The Human Gene Mutation Database**
The Sequence Ontology******
UCSC Genome*
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