Reassortment is an important strategy for influenza A viruses to introduce a HA subtype that is new to human populations, which creates the possibilities of pandemic.

A diagram showed above (Figure 2 of doi:10.1038/srep25549) is widely used to illustrate the reassortment events. While such diagrams are mostly manually draw and edit without software tool to automatically generate. Here, I implemented the hybrid_plot function for producing publication quality figure of reassortment events.


n <- 8

virus_info <- tibble(
    id = 1:7,
    x = c(rep(1990, 4), rep(2000, 2), 2009),
    y = c(1,2,3,5, 1.5, 3, 4),
    segment_color = list(
        rep('purple', n),
        rep('red', n),
        rep('darkgreen', n),
        rep('lightgreen', n),
        c('darkgreen', 'darkgreen', 'red', 'darkgreen', 'red', 'purple', 'red', 'purple'),
        c('darkgreen', 'darkgreen', 'red', 'darkgreen', 'darkgreen', 'purple', 'red', 'purple'),
        c('darkgreen', 'lightgreen', 'lightgreen', 'darkgreen', 'darkgreen', 'purple', 'red', 'purple'))

flow_info <- tibble(from = c(1,2,3,3,4,5,6),
                    to = c(5,5,5,6,7,6,7))
hybrid_plot(virus_info, flow_info)

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Guangchuang Yu

Bioinformatics Professor @ SMU

Bioinformatics Professor