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Hans Zauner

Many years ago, Hans did research in evolutionary and developmental biology. He clipped fish fins and handled a laser beam to shoot at reproductive organs of worms. Now in safe distance from any lab bench, he works on various science communication projects.

Not all species are equal: Using the h-index to quantify taxonomic bias (author Q&A)

- August 16, 2022

The h-index is a metric that was invented to summarise the publication output and impact of researchers. In a new GigaScience article, authors from the University of New South Wales (Australia) adopt the controversial metric to explore systematic differences in research interest (taxonomic bias), using mammals as an example.

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3D imaging of the proteus, a mysterious cave-dwelling salamander

- April 6, 2022

Newly published high-resolution images of the head of the blind salamander Proteus anguinus reveal adaptations for life in the dark.

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Genomic and genetic tools for the helmeted honeyeater, Victoria’s endangered state bird

- March 29, 2022

A team led by scientists from Monash University have completed a major milestone towards achieving the rescue of the critically endangered helmeted honeyeater. They have deciphered the bird’s genome and created a high-density genetic linkage map, thereby introducing new tools that will be helpful in conservation efforts. You can read the GigaScience Data Note, presenting […]

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The (first) GigaScience Press End-of-Year Review

- December 20, 2021

This end-of-the-year festive summary is different from previous ones:  For the first time, we can look back at a full publication year of our new baby, GigaByte journal. The older sibling GigaScience will also get the attention it deserves, before celebrating its 10th birthday in 2022. Let’s first have a look at how the new […]

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AI for mental health assessment: Author Q&A

- October 14, 2021

mental health infographic

A new article published today in GigaScience demonstrates that machine learning can yield “proxy measures” for brain-related health issues, without the need for a specialist’s assessment.

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Data on arm motion control for the human-machine interface

- July 23, 2021

A new “multi-modal” data set on arm motion control, published recently in GigaScience, is an important contribution to develop robotic prosthetic devices and other tools at the interface between human and machine.

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Cone snail genome sheds light on venom evolution

- May 27, 2021

This week in GigaScience we published the genome of the mediterranean cone snail, Lautoconus ventricosus. Cone snails produce a wide variety of powerful toxins and the new chromosome-scale genome assembly opens the door for detailed investigations of their diversity and evolution.

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One group of bacteria to rule them all

- March 26, 2021

rickettsia logo

New research in GigaScience reveals a previously hidden diversity of symbiotic Rickettsia bacteria. The new data are also relevant for studying human and animal diseases that are caused by some types of Rickettsia.

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New beginnings during a pandemic – the COVID year in review

- December 17, 2020

Looking back at this unusual year, we are happy to report that GigaScience not only kept going under difficult circumstances, publishing outstanding examples of Big Data science and introducing innovations in the review process. We also opened a new chapter with the launch of a sister journal, GigaByte .

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Coronavirus research needs to be a marathon, not a sprint

- August 18, 2020

Coronavirus trends

Not only epidemics themselves come in waves, also research into emerging infectious diseases has ups and downs, a Gigascience paper published today reports. The authors at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev analysed more than 35 million papers and explored research (scientometric trends) related to nine different infectious diseases. The scientific literature screened for this study spans 20 […]

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