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A Christmas Gift To You From GigaScience. Scientists have Unwrapped the Reindeer Genome.

- December 12, 2017

A New High-Quality Reindeer Genome Sequence Provides Resources for Studying Evolution, Domestication, and Adaptation to Arctic Climate. But not the secrets of Christmas. Ewan Birney has previously blogged on the Genome Days of Christmas, but today the full-text version of a particularly Christmassy species has just been published to add to that list. Coming so […]

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And the winner is? Our #ICG12 prize track on GigaTV

- November 27, 2017

Last month was the 7th consecutive year we’ve attended our co-publisher BGI’s annual ICG (International Conference on Genomics) gathering in Shenzhen. While we’ve assisted in organising a number of fun thematic tracks over the years including ICG-8’s crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and open science session, and ICG-10’s community genomics session, for ICG12 this year we decided to […]

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#FORCE2017 in Berlin: “Changing the Culture”

- October 31, 2017

Over 200 participants spent three eventful days in Berlin last week to discuss ideas, ongoing projects and future developments around Open Science. As an appropriate location to demonstrate the benefits of breaking down barriers, the motto of FORCE2017 was “Changing the culture”. While most of the GigaScience team was in Shenzhen for ICG, Hans Zauner […]

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Open Science is FAIRly easy

- October 19, 2017

Following FAIR principles is good for your colleagues, it’s good for the community, and it’s good for science. But what’s in it for the researcher, in return for committing to open science? A new commentary in GigaScience shows: A lot. It’s easy to see how doing science in a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible) […]

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#PeerRevWk17 Update: Peer Review Week goes Transparent and Interactive

- September 19, 2017

Last week marked peer review week, an event we’ve followed since the inaugural event in 2015 (which you can see from our previous blog). Like next months Open Access Week, this is a great opportunity to throw some light on what goes on “under the hood” in academic publishing, as well as encourage innovation and […]

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Research Parasites Wanted. Q&A with Casey Greene & Brian Byrd

- September 14, 2017

As a journal focussed on open science we are big promoters of research parasites (and research on parasites), and try to feeds them with open data and tools. It is therefore appropriate this is the second year GigaScience has supported and sponsored the Research Parasite awards. In one of our Q&As, organisers Casey Greene and […]

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Bringing Wildlife Forensics into the Omics Era. Q&A with Alfred Arulandhu and Martijn Staats

- September 12, 2017

Sequencers versus the smugglers. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), is one of the largest and oldest conservation and sustainable use agreements in existence, and provides a legal framework for protecting endangered plants and animals around the world. There are roughly 35,000 species listed on the three […]

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Guest Blog from Huanming Yang on using the human genome for big-data storage

- September 7, 2017

With the current annual data creation rate estimated to be in the tens of zettabytes, the flood of information currently being generated in every area of human life is crashing up against limited data storage solutions. However, DNA, which serves as a storage system for biological information, has been proposed as a potential means to […]

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Bohemian Bashfully. Baroque birthdays and bingo in Prague.

- July 31, 2017

Every summer we celebrate our birthday at the ISMB (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology) conference, and this was a particularly memorable and important one – being the 5th birthday of GigaScience, and 25th edition of the ISMB. Having ISMB in Prague this year, the historic capital of old Bohemia was particularly appreciated by the attendees, […]

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Data Intensive Software Publishing & Sailing The Code Ocean. Q&A With Ruibang Luo.

- June 27, 2017

GigaScience is always trying to push the boundaries of how we disseminate reproducible research, and to adapt to the challenges of dealing with experiments become more data-intensive. We now showcase a new reproducible research platform we’ve been testing called Code Ocean, and have a Q&A with our Author Ruibang Luo on his experiences using it. […]

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