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Genomes mite surprise you

- November 19, 2018

trombidid mite

In GigaScience, Benjamin Makepiece and his co-authors from Liverpool present genome assemblies of two trombidid mite species, the itch-inducing chigger mite and its more benign cousin, the velvet mite.  The bite of the chigger mite can transmit a life-threatening bacterial disease, scrub typhus.  When the authors explored the gene content of the mites’ genomes, searching clues for […]

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Meet the GigaScience ICG Prize Winners, Pt. 1: Aequatus

- November 14, 2018

Aquaetus

This is the Dawning of the Age of Aequatus Our ICG Prize is over now for another year, and we’ll shortly follow up with an announcement on which of the six winners won the $1000 first prize. To help you see how great all the entries were we will introduce and profile some of the […]

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Women in Science – Helping Break the Final Barrier in Open Science

- November 8, 2018

As an Open Science journal, one of the main aims of GigaScience is to break down barriers. Both in the access of research and the underlying data and code supporting it, and the barriers holding back the researchers themselves. With that in mind GigaScience just organised the Fourth Annual Women in Science Conference, a satellite meeting […]

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Phenomics: from under the gum trees to the world – the 5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium down under

- October 17, 2018

  Having just attended our first plant phenomics conference – it was great to learn how far the field has progressed and how rapidly it continues to progress with the advancement of new technologies for high-throughput phenotyping. The greater plant phenomics community is trying to collect and define sets of physical and biochemical traits belonging […]

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Making sense of pangenome networks

- October 15, 2018

Navigating Pangenome’s Labyrinth In the two decades since the first genomes were sequenced, with the exponential growth of new and closely related genomes it has become increasingly difficult to visualise and compare their structure. Particularly with the large diversity and difference in genes within microbial genomes. A new computational pipeline, published in GigaScience, makes it […]

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Toads and toxins: The genome of the invasive cane toad

- September 24, 2018

The cane toad Rhinella marina is native to Central and South America. But thanks to humans and the sugar cane trade, the species now thrives also in Australia and other places where it doesn’t belong. The invasive species comes with an unpleasant surprise for native Australian predators, such as snakes or freshwater crocodiles: R. marina kills them with its […]

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Of Mice and Men (and Monkey) Microbiomes.

- August 31, 2018

Monkey microbiome

Monkey Microbiome Business Research just out in GigaScience introduces the macaque monkey to the microbial gene catalogue club, joining other important model organisms including the (also recently published in GigaScience) Rat, Mouse, Pig and Cow. To explain more, in this posting we give some insight into what this data shows, and how this growing library […]

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How Green Became the New Black – Plant Phenotyping Developments Down Under

- July 17, 2018

Plant phenotyping

With the upcoming 5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS) set to take place Oct 2-5, in Adelaide, Australia, we look at how the plant phenotyping community has progressed over the last decade and how we can potentially address the issues surrounding data sharing, re-use, and reproducible research. As we live in an increasingly data-driven era, […]

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A new look GigaDB. Data publishing gets more interactive and FAIR.

- July 6, 2018

Web tools and FAIR principles at the core of Life Science publishing in GigaDB As we continue to push the envelope for publishing in the life sciences we have been listening to our users about the things that should be incorporated into the publication process. That is why we have taken the opportunity to not […]

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Meetings, Meetings And Extended Deadlines For The ICG-13 Prize

- June 14, 2018

Deadline Extended

Due to popular demand we are keeping the paper submission deadline of our ICG prize track open until the end of the month. We’ve already received more submissions than our first competition last year, and a number of other submitters have been putting their finish touches to submission. Its easy to submit as you just […]

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