How to Run BioTapestry
BioTapestry is available as a locally installable executable; go to the Download section below. If you wish (and you have Java installed on your computer)
you can try it out using the Java Web Start link below. Just be aware that recent changes in operating systems (particularly the Mac) can
make running via Web Start rather complex; see e.g. this posting
for the steps to use with Mavericks. (That post refers to the BioTapestry Viewer, but the same steps apply to the Editor.)
Running BioTapestry Online Using Java Web Start
As long as your web browser supports Java Web Start, the following link will launch the BioTapestry
Editor without having to first download and install it.
Click HERE to run the BioTapestry Editor (version 7.0.0, released 9/22/14, REQUIRES Java 1.5 or above) using Java Web Start.
NEW USERS: If you haven't used BioTapestry before, you can get up to speed on the basics by going through the online
Quick Start Tutorial. The BioTapestry Frequently Asked Questions is
another good source of information.
If you need to use an older version of BioTapestry prior to Version 7, you can still download older versions of the executable
from the Archived Executables page.
BioTapestry in Action
BioTapestry is an interactive tool for building, visualizing, and sharing gene regulatory network models over the web. Here are some
uses of BioTapestry:
Interactive Web Models from the Davidson Lab
Other Interactive Web Models
Papers and Books Using BioTapestry
Peter, I.S., Davidson, E.H.,
Genomic Control Process: Development and Evolution, Academic Press, 2015.
Barsi, J.C., Li, E., Davidson, E.H.
Geometric control of ciliated band regulatory states in the sea urchin embryo.
Development 142(5): 953-61, 2015.
Imam, S., Noguera, D.R., Donohue. T.J.
An Integrated Approach to Reconstructing Genome-Scale Transcriptional Regulatory Networks.
PLoS Comput Biol. 11(2): e1004103, 2015.
Tonner, P.D., Pittman, A.M.C., Gulli, J.G., Sharma, K., Schmid, A.K.
A Regulatory Hierarchy Controls the Dynamic Transcriptional Response to Extreme Oxidative Stress in Archaea.
PLoS Genet. 11(1): e1004912, 2015.
Cui, M., Siriwon, N., Li, E., Davidson, E.H., Peter, I.S.
Specific functions of the Wnt signaling system in gene regulatory networks throughout the early sea urchin embryo.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111(47): E5029-38, 2014.
Li, E., Cui, M., Peter, I.S., Davidson, E.H.
Encoding regulatory state boundaries in the pregastrular oral ectoderm of the sea urchin embryo.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111(10): E906-13, 2014.
Schwendinger-Schreck, J., Kang, Y., Holley, S.A.
Modeling the Zebrafish Segmentation Clock’s Gene Regulatory Network Constrained by Expression Data Suggests Evolutionary Transitions Between Oscillating and Nonoscillating Transcription
Genetics 197(2): 725–738, 2014.
Imam, S., Noguera, D.R., Donohue. T.J.
Global Analysis of Photosynthesis Transcriptional Regulatory Networks.
PLoS Genet. 10(12): e1004837, 2014.
Coleman, D.J., Garcia, G., Hyter, S., Jang, H.S., Chagani, S., Liang, X., Larue, L., Ganguli-Indra, G., Indra, A.K.
Retinoid-X-Receptors (α/β) in Melanocytes Modulate Innate Immune Responses and Differentially Regulate Cell Survival following UV Irradiation.
PLoS Genet. 10(5): e1004321, 2014. (NOTE: See Figure S6 in supplemental materials.)
Singh, H., Khan, A.A., Dinner, A.R.
Gene regulatory networks in the immune system.
Trends in Immunology 35(5): 211-218, 2014.
Vander Lugt, B., Khan, A.A., Hackney, J.A., Agrawal, S., Lesch, J., Zhou, M., Lee, W.P., Park, S., Xu, M., DeVoss, J., Spooner, C.J., Chalouni, C., Delamarre, L., Mellman, I., Singh, H.
Transcriptional programming of dendritic cells for enhanced MHC class II antigen presentation.
Nature Immunology 15: 161–167, 2014.
Winck, F.V., Arvidsson, S., Riaño-Pachón, D.M., Hempel, S., Koseska, A., Nikoloski, Z., Urbina Gomez, D.A., Rupprecht, J., Mueller-Roeber, B.
Genome-Wide Identification of Regulatory Elements and Reconstruction of Gene Regulatory Networks of the Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under Carbon Deprivation.
PLoS One 8(11): e79909, 2013.
Alcasabas, A.A., de Clare, M., Pir, P., Oliver, S.G.
Control analysis of the eukaryotic cell cycle using gene copy-number series in yeast tetraploids.
BMC Genomics 14: 744, 2013.
Streit, A., Tambalo, M., Chen, J., Grocott, T., Anwar, M., Sosinsky, A., Stern, C.D.
Experimental approaches for gene regulatory network construction: the chick as a model system.
Genesis 51(5): 296–310, 2013.
Paul, L., Wang, S.-H., Manivannan, S.N., Bonanno, L., Lewis, S., Austin, C.L., Simcox, A.
Dpp-induced Egfr signaling triggers postembryonic wing development in Drosophila.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110(13): 5058–5063, 2013. (NOTE: See Figure S3 in supplemental materials.)
Hussey, S.G., Mizrachi, E., Creux, N.M., Myburg, A.A.
Navigating the transcriptional roadmap regulating plant secondary cell wall deposition.
Front Plant Sci. 4:325, 2013.
Gibb, N.L., Lavery, D.L., Hoppler, S.
sfrp1 promotes cardiomyocyte differentiation in Xenopus via negative-feedback regulation of Wnt signalling.
Development 140(7):1537-1549, 2013.
Aguilar-Hidalgo, D., Domínguez-Cejudo, M.A., Amore, G., Brockmann, A., Lemos, M.C., Córdoba, A., Casares, F.
A Hh-driven gene network controls specification, pattern and size of the Drosophila simple eyes
Development 140, 82-92, 2013.
Herrmann, F., Groß, A., Zhou, D., Kestler, H.A., Kühl, M.
A Boolean Model of the Cardiac Gene Regulatory Network Determining First and Second Heart Field Identity.
PLoS ONE 7(10): e46798, 2012.
Ogino, H., Ochi, H., Reza, H.M., Yasuda, K.
Transcription factors involved in lens development from the preplacodal ectoderm.
Dev Biol. 363(2): 333–347, 2012.
Zhang, Y., Yang, Y., Trujillo, C., Zhong, W., Leung, Y.F.
The expression of irx7 in the inner nuclear layer of zebrafish retina is essential for a proper retinal development and lamination.
PLoS One 7(4):e36145, 2012.
Metzakopian, E., Lin, W., Salmon-Divon, M., Dvinge, H., Andersson, E., Ericson, J., Perlmann, T., Whitsett, J.A., Bertone, P., Ang, S.L.
Genome-wide characterization of Foxa2 targets reveals upregulation of floor plate genes and repression of ventrolateral genes in midbrain dopaminergic progenitors.
Development 139(14):2625-34, 2012.
Jahangiri, L., Nelson, A.C., Wardle, F.C.
A cis-regulatory module upstream of deltaC regulated by Ntla and Tbx16 drives expression in the tailbud, presomitic mesoderm and somites.
Dev Biol. 371(1):110-20, 2012.
Luo, Y.J., Su, Y.H.
Opposing nodal and BMP signals regulate left-right asymmetry in the sea urchin larva.
PLoS Biol. 10(10):e1001402, 2012.
Kueh, H.Y., Rothenberg, E.V.
Regulatory gene network circuits underlying T cell development from multipotent progenitors.
Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med. 4(1):79-102, 2012.
Bessodes, N., Haillot, E., Duboc, V., Röttinger, E., Lahaye, F., Lepage, T.
Reciprocal signaling between the ectoderm and a mesendodermal left-right organizer directs left-right determination in the sea urchin embryo.
PLoS Genet. 8(12):e1003121, 2012.
Grocott T., Tambalo M., Streit A.
The peripheral sensory nervous system in the vertebrate head: A gene regulatory perspective.
Dev Biol. 370(1), 3-23, 2012.
Rabinowitz, A.H., Vokes, S.A.
Integration of the transcriptional networks regulating limb morphogenesis.
Dev Biol. 368(2), 165–180, 2012.
Woznica, A., Haeussler, M., Starobinska, E., Jemmett, J., Li, Y., Mount, D., Davidson, B.
Initial deployment of the cardiogenic gene regulatory network in the basal chordate, Ciona intestinalis.
Dev Biol. 368(1), 127–139, 2012.
Prasad, M.S., Sauka-Spengler, T., LaBonne, C.
Induction of the neural crest state: Control of stem cell attributes by gene regulatory, post-transcriptional and epigenetic interactions.
Dev Biol. 366(1), 10–21, 2012.
Marsch-Martínez, N., Wu, W., de Folter, S.
The MADS symphonies of transcriptional regulation.
Front. Plant Sci. 2:26, 2011.
Owraghi, M., Broitman-Maduro, G., Luu, T., Roberson, H., Maduro, MF.
Roles of the Wnt effector
POP-1/TCF in the C. elegans endomesoderm specification gene network.
Dev Biol. 340(2), 209-221, 2010.
Saudemont, A., Haillot, E., Mekpoh, F., Bessodes, N., Quirin, M., Lapraz, F., Duboc, V., Röttinger, E., Range, R., Oisel, A., Besnardeau, L., Wincker, P., Lepage, T.
Ancestral regulatory circuits governing ectoderm patterning downstream of Nodal and BMP2/4 revealed by gene regulatory network analysis in an echinoderm.
PLoS Genet. 6(12):e1001259, 2010.
Eng, D., Campbell, A., Hilton, T., Leid, M., Gross, M.K., Kioussi, C.
Prediction of regulatory networks in mouse abdominal wall.
Gene 469(1-2):1-8, 2010.
Inoue, T., Sternberg, P.W.
C. elegans BED domain transcription
factor BED-3 controls lineage-specific cell proliferation during organogenesis.
Dev Biol. 338(2), 226-36, 2010.
Danielli, A., Amore, G., Scarlato, V.
Built Shallow to Maintain Homeostasis and Persistent Infection:
Insight into the Transcriptional Regulatory Network of the Gastric Human Pathogen Helicobacter pylori.
PLoS Pathog. 6(6), e1000938, 2010. (NOTE: Bundled .btp file provided in supplemental materials.)
Baxter, L.L., Moreland, R.T., Nguyen, A.D., Wolfsberg, T.G., Pavan, W.J.
A curated online resource for SOX10 and pigment cell
molecular genetic pathways.
Database (Oxford) (2010), baq025, 2010.
Klucar, L., Stano, M., Hajduk, M.
phiSITE: database of gene regulation in bacteriophages.
Nucleic Acids Res. (38), D366-70, 2010.
Litvak, V., Ramsey, S.A., Rust, A.G., Zak, D.E., Kennedy, K.A., Lampano, A.E., Nykter, M., Shmulevich, I., Aderem, A.
Role of the transcription factor C/EBPδ in a regulatory circuit that discriminates between transient and persistent Toll-like receptor 4-induced signals.
Nat Immunol. 10(4): 437–443, 2009.
Pruszak, J., Isacson, O.
Molecular and Cellular Determinants for
Generating ES-Cell Derived Dopamine Neurons for Cell Therapy.
Adv Exp Med Biol. 651, 112-23, 2009.
Wahl, M.E., Hahn, J., Gora, K., Davidson, E.H., Oliveri, P.
The cis-regulatory system of the tbrain gene: Alternative use of multiple modules to
promote skeletogenic expression in the sea urchin embryo.
Dev Biol. 335(2), 428-41, 2009.
Kühn, C., Wierling, C., Kühn, A., Klipp, E., Panopoulou, G., Lehrach, H., Poustka, A.J.
Monte Carlo analysis of an ODE Model of the Sea Urchin Endomesoderm Network.
BMC Syst Biol. 3, 83, 2009.
Sansom, S.N., Griffiths, D.S., Faedo, A., Kleinjan, D.-J., Ruan, Y., Smith, J., van Heyningen, V., Rubenstein, J.L., Livesey, F.J.
The Level of the Transcription Factor Pax6 Is Essential for Controlling the
Balance between Neural Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Neurogenesis. PLoS Genet 5(6), e1000511, 2009.
Morohashi, K., Grotewold, E.
A systems approach reveals regulatory
circuitry for Arabidopsis trichome initiation by the GL3 and GL1 selectors. PLoS Genet 5(2), e1000396, 2009.
Su, Y.H., Li, E., Geiss, G.K., Longabaugh, W.J., Krämer, A., Davidson, E.H.
A perturbation model of the gene regulatory network for oral
and aboral ectoderm specification in the sea urchin embryo.
Dev. Biol. 329(2), 410-421, 2009.
Chan, T.-M., Longabaugh, W., Bolouri, H., Chen, H.-L., Tseng, W.-F., Chao, C.-H., Jang, T.-H., Lin, Y.-I., Hung, S.-C., Wang, H.-D., Yuh, C.-H.
Developmental gene regulatory networks in the zebrafish embryo.
Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1789(4), 279-98, 2009.
Morley, R.H., Lachani, K., Keefe, D., Gilchrist, M.J., Flicek, P., Smith, J.C., Wardle, F.C.
A gene regulatory network directed by zebrafish No tail accounts
for its roles in mesoderm formation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 3829-3834, 2009.
Computational Modeling of Gene Regulatory Networks: a Primer, Imperial College Press, 2008.
Tamplin, O.J., Kinzel, D., Cox, B.J., Bell, C.E., Rossant, J., Lickert, H.
Microarray analysis of Foxa2 mutant mouse embryos reveals
novel gene expression and inductive roles for the gastrula organizer and its derivatives. BMC Genomics 9:511, 2008.
Materna, S.C., Oliveri, P.
A protocol for unraveling gene regulatory networks. Nature Protocols 3(12), 1876-1887, 2008.
Smith, J., Davidson, E.H.
Gene regulatory network subcircuit controlling a dynamic
spatial pattern of signaling in the sea urchin embryo. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 20089-20094, 2008.
Nikitina, N., Sauka-Spengler, T., Bronner-Fraser, M.
Dissecting early regulatory relationships in the
lamprey neural crest gene network. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 20083-20088, 2008.
Ririe, T.O., Fernandes, J.S., Sternberg, P.W.
The Caenorhabditis elegans vulva: A post-embryonic
gene regulatory network controlling organogenesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 20095-20099, 2008.
Georgescu, C., Longabaugh, W.J.R., Scripture-Adams, D.D., David-Fung, E.-S., Yui, M.A., Zarnegar, M.A., Bolouri, H., Rothenberg, E.V.
A gene regulatory network armature for T lymphocyte specification. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 20100-20105, 2008.
Kioussi, C., Gross, M.K.
How to Build Transcriptional Network Models of Mammalian Pattern Formation. PLoS ONE 3(5), e2179, 2008.
Huang, T.S., Hsieh, J.Y., Wu, Y.H., Jen, C.H., Tsuang, Y.H., Chiou, S.H., Partanen, J., Anderson, H., Jaatinen, T., Yu, Y.H., Wang, H.W.
Functional network reconstruction reveals somatic stemness
genetic maps and dedifferentiation-like transcriptome reprogramming induced by GATA2.
Stem Cells 26(5), 1186-201, 2008.
Niessen, K., Karsan, A.
Notch Signaling in Cardiac Development. Circulation Research 102, 1169-1181, 2008.
Hoffman, B.G., Zavaglia, B., Witzsche, J., Ruiz de Algara, T., Beach, M., Hoodless, P.A., Jones, S.J.M., Marra, M.A., Helgason, C.D.
Identification of transcripts with enriched expression in the developing and adult pancreas. Genome Biology 9(6), R99, 2008.
Bonneau, R., Facciotti, M.T., Reiss, D.J., Schmid, A.K., Pan, M., Kaur, A., Thorsson, V., Shannon, P., Johnson, M.H., Bare, J.C., Longabaugh, W., Vuthoori, M., Whitehead, K.,
Madar, A., Suzuki, L., Mori, T., Chang, D.-E., DiRuggiero, J., Johnson, C.H., Hood, L., Baliga, N.S.
A predictive model for transcriptional
control of physiology in a free living cell. Cell 131(7), 1354-65, Dec 28 2007.
Vokes, S.A., Ji, H., McCuine, S., Tenzen, T., Giles, S., Zhong, S., Longabaugh, W.J.R., Davidson, E. H., Wong, W.H., McMahon, A.P.
Genomic characterization of Gli-activator targets in sonic hedgehog-mediated neural patterning. Development 134, 1977-1989, 2007.
Kühn, C., Kühn, A., Poustka, A.J., Klipp, E.
Modeling development: spikes of the sea urchin. Genome Inform. 18, 75-84, 2007.
Mori, A.D., Zhu, Y., Vahora, I., Nieman, B., Koshiba-Takeuchi, K., Davidson, L., Anne Pizard, A., Seidman, J.G., Seidman, C.E., Chen, X.J., Henkelman, R.M., Bruneau, B.G.
Tbx5-dependent rheostatic control of cardiac gene expression and morphogenesis. Dev. Biol. 297(2), 566-586, 2006.
Wellmer, F., Alves-Ferreira, M., Dubois, A., Riechmann, J.L., Meyerowitz, E.M.
Genome-wide analysis of gene expression during early Arabidopsis flower development. PLoS Genetics 2(7), e117, July 2006.
Livi, C.B., Davidson, E.H.
Regulation of spblimp1/krox1a, an alternatively transcribed isoform expressed in midgut and hindgut of the sea urchin gastrula.
Gene Expr. Patterns 7(1-2), 1-7, 2007.
Livi, C.B., Davidson, E.H.
Expression and function of blimp1/krox, an alternatively transcribed regulatory gene of the sea urchin endomesoderm network. Dev. Biol. 293(2), 513-25, 2006.
Davidson, E.H., Erwin, D.H.
Gene regulatory networks and the evolution of animal body plans. Science 311 (5762), 796-800, 2006.
The Regulatory Genome: Gene Regulatory Networks in Development and Evolution, Elsevier, 2006.
Koshiba-Takeuchi, K., Takeuchi, J.K., Arruda, E.P., Kathiriya, I.S., Mo, R., Hui, C-c., Srivastava, D., Bruneau, B.G.
Cooperative and antagonistic interactions between Sall4 and Tbx5 pattern the mouse limb and heart. Nature Genetics 38, 175-183, 2005.
Levine, M., Davidson, E.H.
Gene regulatory networks for development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102, 4936-4942, 2005.
Stathopoulos A., Levine M.
Genomic regulatory networks and animal development. Dev Cell. 9(4), 449-62, Oct 2005.
Please let us know if you are using BioTapestry for your research!
BioTapestry is designed around the
concept of a developmental network model, and is intended to deal
with large scale models with consistency and clarity.
It is capable of representing systems that exhibit
increasing complexity over time, such as the genetic regulatory
network controlling endomesoderm development in sea urchin embryos:
Another system that demonstrates BioTapestry's capabilities for representing systems that exhibit
increasing complexity over time is the network for mouse ventral neural tube specification (Vokes et.al., 2007):
Users can annotate network elements with the supporting experimental evidence, as is shown here for the T-cell gene regulatory network
(Georgescu et. al., 2008):
BioTapestry's auto layout templates and resizable workspace make it a good tool for working with much larger networks, such as this network
for Halobacterium salinarum (Bonneau et.al., 2007):
BioTapestry's framework for creating sets of submodels is well-suited for organizing such large networks in an understandable way, as this detail from the above
Halobacterium salinarum network demonstrates:
Significant features include:
Supporting data resulting from the perturbation of expression of
specific genes, measured in any way (QPCR, genetics, etc.), can
be easily accessed for each gene or link. Temporal and spatial
expression results are also accessible.
BioTapestry can portray hourly, localized views of the network
during development based on data tables describing the network's
local and temporal states.
BioTapestry can automatically layout the set of network models from
lists of interactions provided either through interactive dialogs
or comma-separated value (CSV) files exported by spreadsheet programs.
BioTapestry is written in Java, and can be run on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.
Note that all these downloadable executables require that you first download and install
the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which can be downloaded from
here (click the "Free Java Download" button) or
here if you want to
select from a wide variety of versions. On MacOS X, Java was
factory-installed on new all Macs prior to Version 10.7 (Lion). With newer Macs, you
will need to go to the above download pages as well.
- Windows: You need to download this BioTapestryEditor700.zip archive
file. Depending on your configuration of Windows, your computer will either automatically unzip the archive and display its contents,
or you will need to unzip it manually using a program like PKZIP. Drag the BioTapestry.exe file out of the archive and
drop it on your desktop. Double-clicking on the desktop icon will start the program running.
- Mac: Disk images are a standard way to distribute software on Macs. IMPORTANT NOTE: Despite the warning message that
says the disk image is DAMAGED, it is just fine! Please continue reading! The BioTapestry Editor application is contained
in this BioTapestryEditorInstallImage700.dmg disk image.
Download this disk image file. Depending on your configuration, the file may be stored in your Downloads folder, then
automatically mounted and opened in a Finder window, or it may end up on your desktop, where you might have to double-click
the file to mount the disk image, and then open the Finder manually by double-clicking on the hard disk icon (called
BioTapestryEditorInstallImage700). From the Finder window, drag the BioTapestry Editor icon inside onto your
desktop (or, if you prefer, into your Applications folder). You can then eject the disk image by dragging the hard disk icon
to the Trash. Double-clicking on the BioTapestry Editor icon will start the program running. Once
it is in the dock, you can Ctrl-click the mouse and select for it to stay in your dock.
|Mac Users: IGNORE the warning that says the disk image is DAMAGED. Please READ!|
Trying to run the BioTapestry Editor will cause a message to appear
telling you that it is damaged and should be trashed:
This is completely inaccurate; the software is not damaged. This is due to restrictions imposed by the Gatekeeper
system; BioTapestry is simply not signed with an Apple Developer Certificate. With recent versions of Mac OSX, you will likely need to
to completely disable Gatekeeper to get BioTapestry to run the first time, and then immediately restore
Gatekeeper back to its previous secure setting. On some systems, you may be able to tell Gatekeeper to specifically allow BioTapestry.
The complete discussion of this issue on Apple's support website is here. Scroll down to
"How to open an app from a unidentified developer and exempt it from Gatekeeper" and follow the instructions there.
In summary, you will need to (on older Mac versions):
- In Finder, Control-click or right click the BioTapestry Editor icon.
- Select Open from the top of contextual menu that appears.
- Click Open in the dialog box. If prompted, enter an administrator name and password.
But if that route does not work (e.g. with Mavericks), do the following:
- From Systems Preferences, select Security & Privacy.
- Go to the General tab.
- Under "Allow applications downloaded from:", select "Anywhere".
- Start the BioTapestry Editor.
- Go back again to Systems Preferences, and under "Allow applications downloaded from:", restore the previous secure setting
(e.g. "Mac App Store and identified developers").
- Linux: Download the compressed tar file BioTapestryEditorForLinux700.tgz
and place it where you want to install the program. Untar the file:
tar xvzf BioTapestryEditorForLinux700.tgz, then
cd BioTapestryEditor, and run the wrapper script
BioTapestryEditor.sh. You MUST have defined the environment
JAVA_HOME or have the correct
java/bin directory in your
If you need to download and install previous versions of BioTapestry, they are available from the
Archived Executables page. However, these versions are
no longer supported. If you have a problem, please upgrade to the latest version and see if that
fixes the problem before sending us a bug report.
BioTapestry Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about how something works in BioTapestry, consult the online
BioTapestry Frequently Asked Questions list. If you have a
question that isn't covered there, then please let us know so we can add it to the list.
A series of short tutorials that focus on different aspects of the software are available online.
For example, for newcomers, the Quick Start Tutorial covers the
minimum material you need to get started working with BioTapestry. There are other tutorials that build
upon that introductory material and cover more advanced topics.
Current Online Tutorial List
Quick Start Tutorial: This is the best way to learn the basics for
using BioTapestry. It covers the minimum material you need to draw a multi-level hierarchy of network models.
If you are a newcomer, this will be the best way to begin.
|Quick Start Tutorial Resource
||File (right-click & use "Save Link As...")
|Completed BioTapestry Model||QuickStartModel.btp
(The original Revision A of the Quick Start Tutorial is still available here
if you want to learn about how to build networks using the original "top-down" method.)
Dynamic Submodels Tutorial: This tutorial covers how to create dynamic submodels,
where data tables are used to automatically determine the active network elements, and the user can manipulate a time slider to see a
dynamic presentation of the network behavior. This is the approach used for the S. purpuratus endomesoderm model.
Tutorial on Building Networks from Interaction Tables: This tutorial covers
how to build and layout networks automatically from lists of interactions, which are specified using interactive dialogs.
It also covers how to use several tools that can help with common network layout tasks; these are useful even if you are
drawing all your networks manually.
Building Networks from Comma-Separated Value Files: This tutorial covers
how to build and layout networks automatically using lists of interaction commands that are created in a spreadsheet
program such as Microsoft Excel, and then imported into BioTapestry as a comma-separated value (CSV) file.
Tutorial on Using and Creating Paths: This tutorial covers the
feature of BioTapestry that allows you to define named paths through the model hierarchy. You may have
situations where you have a complex model hierarchy, and you want to be able to easily progress through a series of closely
related submodels that could be widely dispersed across that hierarchy. Paths allow you to do this.
The BioTapestry User's Guide Revision A (August 16, 2005)
(PDF format) provides the information that was formerly included in the BioTapestry Editor's Help System.
Starting in Version 4.0, the bundled Help System was dropped due to ongoing compatibility problems with
recently released Java versions. Also, the material was not being kept up-to-date, with
all revision work dedicated to the online documentation. A better bet for finding out about the details
of BioTapestry is to check the BioTapestry Frequently Asked Questions
or the online tutorials.
|Documentation Description ||File
|User's Guide (Revision A: August 16, 2005)||UserGuide.pdf
|Comma-Separated Value (CSV) Input File Format Description||CSVGuide.txt
The original Version 1 documentation is still available on this page
for obsolete documentation.
Version 7.0.0 was released on 9/22/14, and is the result of a major redesign of the software internals. Although the user of the Java Editor
should not notice any of those major internal changes, several new features have also been introduced. The
Version 7 Release Notes provide complete details.
Since the beginning of the BioTapestry project, a major goal has been to provide an online interactive model viewer that
can be used to explore complex gene regulatory network (GRN) models. Current web-browser technologies such as HTML5 Canvas
now make it possible to provide an interactive graphical network model directly in a web browser without needing Java,
so we have created a version of the BioTapestry Viewer using these technologies. For example, here is the Viewer running in Safari on Mac OSX:
While the major focus in Version 7 has been to support the new Viewer, there are several compelling new features in the Editor as well. For example, some
of the layout techniques that have been explored in the BioFabric project have inspired new additions to
BioTapestry as well, such as the new Order Targets by In-degree and Source option:
The automatic layout algorithms have also been made more efficient so that BioFabric can be used to visualize much larger networks.
More in-depth discussion of these new features can be found in the Version 7 Release Notes.
Older release notes are also available for Version 6,
Version 2 and for even
Please cite BioTapestry using [Longabaugh et.al. 2005] or [Longabaugh et.al. 2009] if you use BioTapestry in your research.
Longabaugh, W.J.R., Davidson, E.H., Bolouri, H.
Computational representation of developmental genetic regulatory networks.
Dev. Biol. 283, 1-16, 2005.
Longabaugh, W., Bolouri, H.
Understanding the Dynamic Behavior of Genetic Regulatory Networks by Functional Decomposition. Current Genomics, Volume 7, Number 6, 333-341, 2006.
Longabaugh, W.J.R., Davidson, E.H., Bolouri, H.
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Problems Running It?
If you run into any issues with getting BioTapestry to run on your computer that you cannot
resolve, or have a program crash, please send a report to
biotapestry at systemsbiology dot org or post a message
on the BioTapestry-users Google group
so we can address your problem. Browsing the Google group is a good way of finding out about any
recently identified compatibilty issues and what workarounds have been developed to addess them.
If problems arise due to the version of Java installed on your computer, see the
section below to learn about obtaining a supported version of Java.
If you have previous BioTapestry files that are not loading into the current version correctly,
or run into any other show-stopping bugs with the new version, the previous versions (6.0.0, 5.0.3) can
still be dowloaded from the Archived Executables page.
The BioTapestry downloadable executables and Web Start version require a minimum
of Java Version 1.5. If you encounter problems with a particular version of Java, please
let us know about it; switching to a different version should solve any version-related problems.
To run BioTapestry, you will first need to install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
The JRE can be downloaded from here
(click the "Free Java Download" button) or
here if you want to
select from a wide variety of versions. On MacOS X, Java was already
factory-installed on new all Macs prior to Version 10.7 (Lion). With newer Macs,
you will need to go to the above download pages as well.
BioTapestry is known to work on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. If you are having
problems getting it to launch, you can try installing a more recent version of
BioTapestry for Gaggle
A brief introduction to using BioTapestry with Gaggle is provided here; you should read
After first launching the Gaggle Boss, click HERE to run the Gaggle-enabled BioTapestry
Editor (version 7.0.0, released 9/22/14, requires Java 1.5 or above) using Java Web Start. Using this link will have the same security problems described
in the How to Run BioTapestry section above, particularly since the provided Gaggle libraries are self-signed.
The Gaggle is a framework, developed at the Institute for Systems Biology, "...for exchanging data between independently
developed software tools and databases to enable interactive exploration of systems biology data." The BioTapestry Editor supports Gaggle, and the above link will launch the
program with the Gaggle feature enabled (species is set to "unknown"). IMPORTANT: As noted above, you MUST start the Gaggle Boss before launching the
BioTapestry Editor; the Boss auto-start feature is not currently supported. Launch the Boss and other Gaggle-aware applications using the links on the
Gaggle Blank Slate page.
BioTapestry supports user-written plugins for creating a customized
experimental data display. There are example plugins in the
source code tree (see below) that can serve as a starting point.
If you need any guidance on building plugins, feel free to
BioTapestry can be called in batch mode from within another Java program to
generate images from a comma-separated-value specification coming from a
provided InputStream. A small example is provided in the source code tree
(see below) in the
The BioTapestry Viewer can be embedded as a visualization component inside another Java program.
An example of how to do this is shown in the class
org.systemsbiology.biotapestry.embedded.EmbeddedViewerPanelTestWrapper in the source code.
A tar file of the current version of the source code is available here.
Starting with Version 7, BioTapestry source code is also being hosted on GitHub. There are
separate repositories; one for the Java codebase and another for the
new browser-based Viewer Web Application code.
BioTapestry has always supported the ability to share interactive, read-only GRN models over the web.
Prior to Version 7, the BioTapestry Viewer used Java Web Start to run on the user's computer. As
described in What's New, Version 7 introduces a new way of hosting a Viewer embedded in the web browser that does
not require the user to have Java installed on their computer. This change requires that the web server hosting the Viewer
supports Java Servlets (e.g. Apache Tomcat Version 6). We provide a page with detailed instructions
on how to get a Viewer installation up and running. You can also contact us using the resources listed in the Feedback section
if you are having problems.
If you need the previous Web Start version of the Viewer, a copy is available from the Archived Executables page.
If your deployment is on a publically available web site, please let us know
about it. We'd like to link to your viewer page off the BioTapestry home page.
Even if you prefer not to be linked to, we appreciate being able to keep track of viewer
We are eager to receive any feedback you wish to send us, such
as questions, bug reports, feature requests, and usability issues.
The best place to do this is in the
BioTapestry-users Google group.
However, you can also email us privately at:
biotapestry at systemsbiology dot org
BioTapestry-users Google Group
This group is intended to give BioTapestry users a place to discuss
the program, get help with questions, ask for program enhancements,
provide feedback, and share tips with each other on using the
software. The group home page is:
BioTapestry is a joint project of the Institute for Systems Biology
and the Davidson Lab at Caltech. Primary contributors are:
Starting in Autumn 2012, the BioTapestry development team at ISB also includes:
- William Longabaugh
- Eric Davidson
- Hamid Bolouri
- Suzanne Paquette
- Kalle Leinonen
- Stephen Ramsey, formerly at the Institute for Systems Biology, helped to write the
SBML output and simulation support
- Dan Tenenbaum, formerly at the Institute for Systems Biology, helped to write the
Gaggle 2007-4 support
Windows executable created using the Launch4j Executable Wrapper by Grzegorz Kowal
BioTapestry development was previously supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences under Award
Number R01GM061005. It is currently supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human
Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HD073113. The content of this web site is
solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National
Institutes of Health.
License and Disclaimer
This software is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public
License (LGPL), which is a standard "free software"
and "open source" license. A copy of the license agreement
is available online here.
The downloadable Windows executable is wrapped in code that
is made available by Grzegorz Kowal under this
BioTapestry is under continual development, and despite our best efforts
there are bugs in the software. Please be advised that, as stated in the
license agreement, the Institute for Systems Biology and the authors disclaim any
liability stemming from the use of this software.