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Scott Edmunds

Editor in Chief of GigaScience and Chief Editor of GigaByte. Data nerd based at BGI Hong Kong. Co-founder of Open Data and Citizen Science organisations CivicSight, CitizenScience.Asia and Bauhinia Genome.

Ukraine Genome Survey Adds Missing Pieces to Human Diversity Puzzle

- January 13, 2021

Ukraine Genome logo

The Ukraine Genome Project finds quarter of the genetic variation in Europe, dramatically increasing information on population diversity and medical genetics.

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Cracking sex chromosome evolution via egg-laying birds and mammals

- January 7, 2021

sex chromosome duck genome

Ducks, Emu’s, Platypus and Echidna’s, oh my! New work on the duck and other egg-laying animal genomes helps crack sex chromosomes evolution and diversity in a number of bird and monotreme species.

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iPhone Genomics: beaming us up to the “tricorder” era

- December 8, 2020

tricorder

The 1st comprehensive mobile genome analysis application, iGenomics, is now available for use on an iphone. By pairing an smartphone with a handheld DNA sequencer, users will be able to create a mobile genetics laboratory, reminiscent of the Star Trek’s tricorder.

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Q&A with Parice Brandies on the Antechinus Genome

- November 25, 2020

antechinus genome

Parice Brandies presents a Q&A and video on her GigaByte paper on the brown antechinus genome (Antechinus stuartii), a fascinating marsupial with many biological surprises to explore.

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COVID-19 Data-Sharing Hero Wins GigaScience Prize

- November 11, 2020

ICG-15 Prize

Prof Zhang Yongzhen is winner the 2020 ICG-15 GigaScience Prize for Outstanding Data Sharing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last month was the 10th year we’ve attended our co-publisher BGI’s annual ICG (International Conference on Genomics) gathering, and the 3rd time we have presented a prize at the meeting.

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Accessing and reviewing Controlled Access Data of Rare Cancers. Q&A with Matthieu Foll

- November 4, 2020

Controlled Access Data

We have a Q&A with author Matthieu Foll from the WHO/(IARC on his new GigaScience paper presenting multi-omic data from rare lung neuroendocrine neoplasms and his experience having the precious Controlled Access data peer reviewed by named peer reviewers.

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A New Monitoring Tool Empowering Infectious Disease Detectives

- October 22, 2020

IDseq

Out this week in GigaScience is a new monitoring tool empowering infectious disease detectives. Scientists in Cambodia, who are supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used the new IDseq tool to help confirm and sequence the whole genome of the country’s first case of COVID-19. Read more here.

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Giga Gets Bigger: GigaByte kickstarts GigaScience Press

- September 4, 2020

GigaScience Press launches

GigaScience has spawned a new smaller and more agile sibling: GigaByte, and is the first journal to come from our new GigaScience Press.  This bigger and better GigaScience family has lead to some changes in GigaScience, and we are pleased to make some important announcements about the team. Coming shortly after our 8th birthday, GigaScience […]

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GigaScience joins C19RapidReview: the COVID-19 Rapid Review Initiative

- May 29, 2020

C19 Rapid Review

C19RapidReview: cross publisher collaboration against the coronavirus pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new urgency to openly and rapidly share and review relevant research, with the world looking to science to solve the problems we currently face. While we’ve written about constructive things you can do while in lockdown, there are many more things […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus, Pt. 2

- April 12, 2020

COVID-19 data

With ongoing the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic providing us with unprecedented insight into the progression of a disease outbreak, and unprecedented time in the lock down to turn us all into armchair epidemiologists. This includes near real-time sharing and analysis of genomics data through platforms like nextstrain, and of ways to view the infection, mortality and […]

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