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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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Enter the GigaScience Prize Track at ICG-12

- May 29, 2017

Call for Submissions – Win Prizes and Join us in Shenzhen for ICG-12 Being co-published by BGI and based at their Hong Kong office we are regular participants at their yearly ICG (International Conference on Genomics) conference in Shenzhen. Since the very first meeting in 2006, ICG has grown to become one of the most […]

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The genome of a shape shifting butterfly

- May 10, 2017

: William H. Piel and Antónia Monteiro

A high coverage, high quality genome sequence of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana is published today in GigaScience. B. anynana, the squinting bush brown, is a fascinating model species that can modify its morphology in response to environmental clues. The 475 Mb genome assembly, achieved by combining traditional Illumina and long read PacBio data, encodes 22,642 […]

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A Passion for Morphing Passiflora Leaves: Author Q&A with Daniel Chitwood

- May 4, 2017

Passiflora, commonly known as Passion Vines or Passion Flowers is a genus encompassing around 500 species, all of which exhibit such huge variation in leaf shape.  To further understand the unique diversity of Passiflora leaves, a recent paper published in GigaScience, presents a morphometric analysis and unique open dataset encompassing over 3,300 leaves from 40 […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy Workflow

- April 28, 2017

While the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise has just released its second film, the GigaScience Galaxy series has just published its 10th, 11th and 12th papers. And all without the need of expensive CGI, although we do have our GigaGalaxy server on standby for additional computational support. For those not part of their large […]

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