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A firsthand perspective of trialling mobile DNA sequencing

- March 27, 2015

Sam Minot from Signature Science, LLC and Andy Kilianski from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are part of a team that has been trialling a new palm-sized DNA sequencer to test whether it can characterize viruses and bacteria. Their findings, published in GigaScience, suggest the device could have potential for disease diagnosis in the field.

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‘Open Source, Open Science’ meeting report – March 2015

- March 24, 2015

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On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem attended, including publishers, infrastructure non-profits, public policy experts, community builders, and academics.

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Guest Posting: Help Crowdfund the “Community Cactus”

- March 13, 2015

Peng Jiang and Hui Guo from the University of Georgia provide a guest post covering their crowdfunding efforts to sequence the first cactus genome.

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GWAS Reloaded: extended Q&A with PLINK1.9 author Chris Chang

- February 26, 2015

The software application PLINK is one of the most widely used tools in bioinformatics, particularly for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) that look at genetic variants in different individuals to see if any variant is associated with a trait. With the advent of the thousand dollar genome, the computational demands being made on such programs are […]

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Open Data Publishing Goes New Zealand: A Cross Posting For Creative Commons Aotearoa

- February 10, 2015

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Our New Zealand based Commissioning Editor, Nicole Nogoy, was asked by Creative Commons Aotearoa (New Zealand) to write a guest blog on open licensing from a Kiwi perspective. Being big users and fans of their licenses we were happy to oblige. Now posted on their website, thanks to the wonder of open CC-BY licensing, we […]

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Synthetic Genomics: Redesign and synthesis of the first multicellular eukaryotic genome

- January 30, 2015

Guest post from researchers at BGI and Edinburgh University on where organismal scale “synthetic genomics” is going.

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Guest Blog: The Ebola Epidemic revisited – where are we in 2015?

- January 15, 2015

Following from his guest blog in October on “Approaches and resources to slow the spread of infection”, Michael Dean from the Center of Cancer Research at the NIH uses his data oriented approach to give an update of where the Ebola epidemic is. While there may be less media coverage (apart from in the UK), this doesn’t relate to the […]

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A Flock of Bird Data Comes to Roost

- December 12, 2014

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. —Attributed to Charles Darwin In 1839 Charles Darwin published his famous account of the 5-year second voyage of the HMS Beagle, describing the flora and fauna he encountered surveying South America and circumnavigating the […]

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Getting Techy With It: GigaScience Technology Update 2014

- November 27, 2014

When it comes to technology, GigaScience has always been open and willing to embrace new ways of integrating technology in its publishing processes, with the ultimate goal of working towards more reproducible, interactive and executable papers. So far, 2014 has been an extremely busy year for Team Giga with regards to various technical developments as […]

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Publishing our first virtual box of delights to aid the fight against heart disease

- November 12, 2014

Sheer Heart Attack Diagnosis is key to beginning treatment for preventing coronary heart disease, the most common cause of heart attacks. One useful tool in the fight against this leading killer is magnetic resonance imaging, which allows the direct examination of blood flow to the myocardium of the heart. However, for this perfusion analysis technique […]

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