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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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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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Predicting the Outcome of COVID-19: GigaScience at the Human Cell Atlas COVID-19 Virtual Symposium

- October 23, 2020

cell atlas symposium

The Human Cell Atlas organised a COVID-19 Virtual Symposium on the 1st and 9th October 2020 to highlight important research findings in host responses, pathophysiology, and immunology. Chris Armit from the GigaScience team attended this virtual conference and report below on some of the key investigations that are helping us to understand the mechanisms of COVID-19 disease.

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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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Updates from sequencing the tree of life. Biodiversity Genomics 2020

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Biodiversity Genomics

Biodiversity Genomics 2020 was a virtual event aiming to bring together researchers across the world to “sequence life for the future of life”, sequencing all of the corners of the tree of life.

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Diversity, Ancestry, and the Tenacious Concept of Race: GigaScience at GA4GH

- October 5, 2020

GA4GH increases diversity

Diversity, Ancestry, and the Tenacious Concept of Race The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is a policy-framing and technical standards-setting organization, seeking to enable responsible genomic data sharing within a human rights framework. GigaScience are organisational members, and their meeting often coincides with the American Society of Genetics meeting that sometimes participate in […]

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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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