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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.

Some sea cucumbers like it hot

- January 9, 2024

We start the new year with news from the deep, published in GigaScience: The genome of a sea cucumber, collected at a depth of 2400 m during a submarine trip to a hydrothermal vent, helps scientists to understand how marine animals can survive in extreme conditions. Hydrothermal vents are an unlikely environment for animals to […]

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2023 in review: Gigabyte journal coming of age, and more

- December 5, 2023

It’s December, the festive season and the end of  year are approaching fast –  and it’s time for our traditional look back on the past 12 months at GigaScience Press. Once more, we are pleased with the view in the rear mirror.  In its 11th year, GigaScience again published exceptional “big data” science (read on […]

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Genome data shed light on the domestication of naked oat

- August 2, 2023

Avena sativa (oat)

Genome analysis of 100 oat plants from around the world reveal that naked and hulled oat varieties diverged more than 50.000 years ago.

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Selective sequencing on a shoestring: the $300 HARU system

- July 4, 2023

This week GigaScience published a cost-effective, open source  hardware/software solution for selective sequencing, using the Nanopore Minion device and a tiny $300 device that is “two times faster than a 30,000 $ 36-core server, at a fraction of power consumption”.

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Amazonian Morpho butterflies: three genomes with a twist

- May 25, 2023

First full-length genome sequences for three species of Morpho butterflies show inversions on the Z chromosome.

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Multi-dimensional data for Cooinda the dingo

- March 30, 2023

A new GigaScience article presents rich multi-dimensional data on a female dingo, Cooinda, including a whole genome sequence.

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1,600 plant extracts reveal their secrets

- January 18, 2023

A GigaScience Data Note presents a searchable library of spectra and molecules found in a collection of 1,600 plant extracts.

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Celebrating and innovating: This was 2022 at GigaScience Press

- December 20, 2022

tortoise with Santa hat

It was a year to remember, for more than one reason: 2022 marked the 10th anniversary of GigaScience‘s launch. The journal’s younger sibling GigaByte got an award and continued to innovate with living documents and its first trilingual article. And we published lots of memorable research, featuring, for example, a giant tortoise and 26 deadly […]

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What’s your poison? Venom composition of 26 deadly snakes

- December 14, 2022

green mamba

The Center for Antibody Technologies headed by Professor Andreas Laustsen-Kiel (Technical University of Denmark) used high-throughput methods to systematically analyze the venoms of the 26 most deadly snakes in sub-Saharan Africa. The results are now published in Gigascience. Each year, around 500,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from snake bites, causing an estimated 7,000 to […]

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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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