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Birthdays and Online Conferences go Viral. ISMB2020 & BCC2020 in the time of COVID-19

- July 27, 2020

virtual conferences go viral

Meetings In the Time of Coronavirus: Conferences go Viral June-July usually marks peak conference season when the GigaScience team is on the road, but with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down travel and public gatherings it has been a strangely static summer. As we launched at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference in Long […]

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Medical Imaging with Deep Learning in the Time of Coronavirus

- July 14, 2020

MIDL2020

Montréal was the venue for Medical Imaging with Deep Learning 2020 (MIDL 2020) that took place on 6-9 July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, like many meetings this year (such as the ISMB conference we attend every year), the new normal has been to make it a virtual conference. GigaScience Data Scientist Chris Armit […]

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Nectar, fruits, and blood. A genomic view on the feeding habits of bats.

- June 9, 2020

Bats are mammals like no other – airborne, mostly nocturnal, often hidden away in caves, capable of using echolocation for in-flight navigation. No two bat species are alike, however. Their diversity of morphology, life styles and feeding habits is staggering. New bat genomics research published today in GigaScience explores  the footprints of evolution, to explain […]

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GigaScience joins C19RapidReview: the COVID-19 Rapid Review Initiative

- May 29, 2020

C19 Rapid Review

C19RapidReview: cross publisher collaboration against the coronavirus pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new urgency to openly and rapidly share and review relevant research, with the world looking to science to solve the problems we currently face. While we’ve written about constructive things you can do while in lockdown, there are many more things […]

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DNA day 2020: The genomes of Dominette and Esperanza

- April 25, 2020

It’s DNA day, celebrating two historic milestones: The publication of the structure of DNA in 1953, and the completion of the human genome project in 2003. What better occasion could there be to take a step back and marvel at the breath-taking progress in genomics over the years. For this year’s special DNA day blog, GigaScience […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus, Pt. 2

- April 12, 2020

COVID-19 data

With ongoing the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic providing us with unprecedented insight into the progression of a disease outbreak, and unprecedented time in the lock down to turn us all into armchair epidemiologists. This includes near real-time sharing and analysis of genomics data through platforms like nextstrain, and of ways to view the infection, mortality and […]

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Reproducible Classification. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 2

- April 8, 2020

ShinyLearner

This week we showcased a new way of peer reviewing software, testing code in an independent manner and providing a CODECHECK “certificate of reproducible computation” when the results in the paper can be reproduced. We’ve written a post on the CODECHECK process featuring a Q&A with CODECHECK founder Stephen Eglan, and here we’ll provide a follow […]

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Certified Reproducibility. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 1

- April 7, 2020

CODECHECK certificate

Out today in GigaScience is ShinyLearner, a new tool to make it easier to perform benchmark comparisons of classification algorithms. This tool stands out by making this process super systematic and reproducible, and despite needing to interface with many different libraries and languages it uses software containers (and a CodeOcean demo) so end users don’t […]

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Things to do when stuck at home because of the Coronavirus: Get Annotating

- March 26, 2020

hypothes.is integration

Stuck indoors and bored of passively reading information on the coronavirus (and more) when you could be doing something more constructive? GigaScience now has hypothes.is integration for collaborative annotation, and we would encourage readers to interact with our content more collaboratively. Here we outline eight things we do to add value to papers with such […]

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Under Construction: Plant and Animal Genomes Get a Refurb

- March 1, 2020

Plant and Animal Genomes under construction

As publishers of a lot of plant and animal genomes, the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings in their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to host satellites in Asia (PAG […]

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