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How Giardia feeds on ready meals from the gut – Author Q&A with Kevin Tyler

- January 29, 2018

Giardia, a protozoan parasite which people typically pick up through drinking infected water or contaminated food, can cause diarrhoea and stomach pains. New research published today in GigaScience, with supporting data in GigaDB, provides insights into the mechanisms that cause the symptoms of giardiasis. Currently more than 200,000 people are ill with giardiasis and there are […]

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CUDDELing up to metabolomics in Hong Kong

- January 22, 2018

As mentioned in our Happy New Year blog post, one of the highlights in 2017 was a second GigaScience hackathon workshop which we held in November last year in our Hong Kong BGI office. Funding for this workshop came from a project we have called CUDDEL which was awarded a grant by the BBSRC from their China […]

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… and a Happy New Year

- December 19, 2017

The year is almost over and it’s time to review the highlights of GigaScience’s 2017. 2017 was as special year for GigaScience: a year of many firsts and we celebrated our 5th birthday! An occasion to look back – and forward, as we did in our anniversary editorial. We marked the completion of our first […]

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Citizen Smith goes to Nairobi. Taking Citizen Science to the UN

- December 15, 2017

GigaScience utilizes and promotes Open Science in all its forms, and one of the key areas in this ecosystem is Citizen Science – opening and democratising science to such an extent it is powered by public participation. Regular readers of this blog and journal will have seen our promotion of many crowdfunded and educational community […]

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A Christmas Gift To You From GigaScience. Scientists have Unwrapped the Reindeer Genome.

- December 12, 2017

A New High-Quality Reindeer Genome Sequence Provides Resources for Studying Evolution, Domestication, and Adaptation to Arctic Climate. But not the secrets of Christmas. Ewan Birney has previously blogged on the Genome Days of Christmas, but today the full-text version of a particularly Christmassy species has just been published to add to that list. Coming so […]

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And the winner is? Our #ICG12 prize track on GigaTV

- November 27, 2017

Last month was the 7th consecutive year we’ve attended our co-publisher BGI’s annual ICG (International Conference on Genomics) gathering in Shenzhen. While we’ve assisted in organising a number of fun thematic tracks over the years including ICG-8’s crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and open science session, and ICG-10’s community genomics session, for ICG12 this year we decided to […]

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#FORCE2017 in Berlin: “Changing the Culture”

- October 31, 2017

Over 200 participants spent three eventful days in Berlin last week to discuss ideas, ongoing projects and future developments around Open Science. As an appropriate location to demonstrate the benefits of breaking down barriers, the motto of FORCE2017 was “Changing the culture”. While most of the GigaScience team was in Shenzhen for ICG, Hans Zauner […]

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Open Science is FAIRly easy

- October 19, 2017

Following FAIR principles is good for your colleagues, it’s good for the community, and it’s good for science. But what’s in it for the researcher, in return for committing to open science? A new commentary in GigaScience shows: A lot. It’s easy to see how doing science in a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible) […]

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#PeerRevWk17 Update: Peer Review Week goes Transparent and Interactive

- September 19, 2017

Last week marked peer review week, an event we’ve followed since the inaugural event in 2015 (which you can see from our previous blog). Like next months Open Access Week, this is a great opportunity to throw some light on what goes on “under the hood” in academic publishing, as well as encourage innovation and […]

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Research Parasites Wanted. Q&A with Casey Greene & Brian Byrd

- September 14, 2017

As a journal focussed on open science we are big promoters of research parasites (and research on parasites), and try to feeds them with open data and tools. It is therefore appropriate this is the second year GigaScience has supported and sponsored the Research Parasite awards. In one of our Q&As, organisers Casey Greene and […]

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