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Seeing is Believing

- October 29, 2019

EMBL Seeing is Believing

EMBL Heidelberg was the venue for the EMBL Symposium: Seeing is Believing – Imaging the Molecular Processes of Life that took place on 9-12 October 2019. This was the second EMBL meeting on imaging data we attending this year after VIZBI (see the write-up here), GigaScience Data Scientist Chris Armit was there and was astonished […]

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Harvesting the final fruits of the plant tree of life

- October 24, 2019

Lessons learned in the evolution of large-scale data sharing New studies out today elucidate the framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution. The work are the results of nearly a decades work from an international consortium of nearly 200 plant researchers generating gene sequences from more than 1100 plant species. Here and in […]

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March of the Multiple Penguin Genomes

- September 18, 2019

Penguin genomes

The Penguin Genome Consortium sequences all living penguin species genomes to understand the evolution of life on the ice. Published today in GigaScience is an article that presents the first effort to capture the entirety of the genomic landscape of all living penguin species. The Penguin Genome Consortium —bringing together researchers from China, Denmark, New […]

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GigaScience at Neuroinformatics 2019

- September 7, 2019

Neuroinformatics 2019

This year’s Neuroinformatics 2019 meeting took place in the beautiful and historic city of Warszawa (Warsaw). Warszawa remains a pilgrimage city for scientists, with arguably its most famous resident Marie Sklodowska Curie being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person ever to win the Nobel Prize twice in two different […]

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Sequencing The Eastern Yellow Robin: Sex chromosomes with a twist

- September 4, 2019

Robin sex chromosomes

Today in Gigascience we published an avian genome assembly with a twist. An Australian team at Monash University discovered unusual, so-called neo-sex chromosomes in the genome of the Eastern Yellow Robin. Being big fans of bird genomes (see our support of the Avian Phylogenomic and B10K projects) it is great to see another one take […]

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Bioinformaticians Baking in Blazing Basel: ISMBECCB and BOSC 2019

- August 8, 2019

ISMBECCB Basel

In Sultry Switzerland, Bioinformatics is Radiant at ISMBECCB Regular readers will know GigaScience originally launched at the 2012 ISMB (Intelligent Systems of Molecular Biology) meeting in Long Beach, and every subsequent year the conference has held a special place in our hearts as the place where we celebrate our birthday (see all the previous write-ups […]

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iMicrobe: Fostering Community-Driven Science and Data Discovery. Q&A with Bonnie Hurwitz

- August 2, 2019

In this data-driven era, research is faced with new challenges, from sharing, storing and accessing data, including how to better integrate data to answer big questions in science. With many data repositories available, it is hard to maintain them all – some repositories are forced to close – meaning loss of access to invaluable datasets.  […]

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FUNC in the Fjords: Functional Metagenomics 2019 in Trondheim

- July 27, 2019

The Norwegian city of Trondheim seemed the place to be this June – with hotels in high demand  due to the BarCode Of Life conference, The Big Challenge Science Festival (including a concert by that famous science communicator Sting), and the Functional Metagenomics 2019 conference (#FMG2019) all taking place over the same period (June 16-19th). […]

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Genomic Warning Flag Just in Time for Beach Season: Jellyfish Toxins

- July 4, 2019

Three jellyfish genomes are better than one A new article in GigaScience  might make you squirm if you plan to hit the beach this summer. The published work presents the draft genomes of three different jellyfish species. The international group of researchers, lead by Joseph Ryan (University of Florida), chose to examine jellyfish that present a […]

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PAG Asia 2019: Plant and Animal Genomes (with Chinese Characteristics)

- July 3, 2019

PAG Asia 2019

Regular readers will know GigaScience has published a lot of plant and animal genomes, and the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings at their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to […]

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