News from the Bioconductor Project

The ‘News from the Bioconductor Project’ article from the 2022-2 issue.

Bioconductor Core Team (Channing Division of Network Medicine)

Bioconductor provides tools for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. The project has entered its twentieth year, with funding for core development and infrastructure maintenance secured through 2025 (NIH NHGRI 2U24HG004059). Additional support is provided by NIH NCI, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, National Science Foundation, Microsoft, and Amazon. In this news report, we give some details about the software and data resource collection, infrastructure for building, checking, and distributing resources, core team activities, and some new initiatives.

Software ecosystem

Bioconductor 3.15 was released on 27 April, 2022. It is compatible with R 4.2.0 and consists of 2140 software packages, 410 experiment data packages, 990 up-to-date annotation packages, 29 workflows, and 3 books. Books are built regularly from source and therefore fully reproducible; an example is the community-developed Orchestrating Single-Cell Analysis with Bioconductor. The Bioconductor 3.15 release announcement includes descriptions of 78 new software packages, and updates to NEWS files for many additional packages.

Infrastructure updates

Core team updates

New initiatives

Using Bioconductor

Start using Bioconductor by installing the most recent version of R and evaluating the commands

  if (!requireNamespace("BiocManager", quietly = TRUE))

Install additional packages and dependencies, e.g., SingleCellExperiment, with


Docker images provides a very effective on-ramp for power users to rapidly obtain access to standardized and scalable computing environments. Key resources include:

Recent Bioconductor conferences include BioC 2022 (July 27-29), and European Bioconductor Meeting (September 14-16). Each had invited and contributed talks, as well as workshops and other sessions to enable community participation. Slides, videos, and workshop material for each conference are, or will soon be, available on each conference web site as well as from the Courses and Conferences section of the Bioconductor web site.

The Bioconductor project continues to mature as a community. The Technical and Community Advisory Boards provide guidance to ensure that the project addresses leading-edge biological problems with advanced technical approaches, and adopts practices (such as a project-wide Code of Conduct) that encourages all to participate. We look forward to welcoming you!

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  author = {Team, Bioconductor Core},
  title = {News from the Bioconductor Project},
  journal = {The R Journal},
  year = {2022},
  note = {},
  volume = {14},
  issue = {2},
  issn = {2073-4859},
  pages = {329-331}