The Circos plot is one of my favourite visualisations of genomic data, it's easy to be blown away by the images our microscopy core produce and genomic data is usually quite a let down by comparison. But the Circos plot is not the first visualisation to use the circular format.
Here are three others: can you spot the Ciros? Answers below.
The Circos website has links to papers using the tools and there are some fantastic visualisations, take a look...or head over to the British Library next time you're at Kings Cross station and catch the Beautiful Science exhibition.
A: John Snow's 1842 map of cholera in London
B: Florence Nightingale's map of deaths in the first world war
C: A breast cancer
D: Cereal synteny map