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This little piggy had a genome

- November 15, 2012

New research in GigaScience on the genome of the Wuzhishan minipig The availability of a high quality reference genome sequence for a species is extremely important in the deeper understanding of its biology, evolution, and comparative genomics. Many important model and commercially significant organisms have been sequenced to date, and today marks the publication of […]

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First methylated nematode genome and other new datasets in GigaDB

- October 17, 2012

Methylated nematode

The worm that turned (epigenetics) GigaDB, GigaScience’s associated database, has had a number of new datasets just added, many for data types previously not hosted. Today marks the publication of new research in our sister BMC journal Genome Biology shaking up the epigenetics field by shattering the assumption that DNA methylation is absent in nematodes. […]

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Big-science goes local: democratization of sequencing demonstrated by the parrot genome

- September 28, 2012

A Grassroots Funding effort in Puerto Rico enables genome sequencing of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot The rationale and scope for GigaScience has been to cover and provide a home for the growing number of studies producing and handling large-scale biological data, and this “big-data” data bonanza is not just due to well funded […]

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ECCB 2012: Bioinformatics with a Swiss Flavour

- September 12, 2012

In the midst of a busy few weeks of European meetings, GigaScience is currently in Basel, where ECCB 2012 (the European Conference of Computational Biology) has just ended. Usually overshadowed by its bigger sibling: the ISMB (particularly when both meetings are in Europe and co-hosted), this was the first time that I had attended the […]

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Hello, Goodbye: new changes to the GigaScience team

- September 5, 2012

As we enter a new month, we have to announce some personnel changes to GigaScience, as we welcome Nicole Nogoy to the team as a Commissioning Editor from her base in New Zealand. It is with sadness we also have to say goodbye to our Assistant Editor Alexandra Basford, who has just left us to […]

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New paper in GigaScience: sequencing and the single-cell

- August 16, 2012

Single Cell Sequencing

The precipitous drop in the price of next generation sequencing coupled with its increasing sensitivity has opened up whole new areas of research, one of the most interesting in recent years being the advent of single-cell sequencing. Combining advances in flow-sorting of cells, whole genome amplification and the latest sequencing technologies is now allowing researchers […]

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Enabling bioinformatics tools to smoke the peace pipe together

- August 6, 2012

Scientific workflow software such as Taverna, Knime and Pipeline Pilot can overcome interoperability issues relating to the access of tools and data format conversions. Such tasks are automatically handled by the data processing pipeline during its enactment by the workflow software. Galaxy is another workflow system, and its annual conference was held last month at […]

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1, 2, 3, 4 Get with the Wiki!

- July 25, 2012

Type any scientific term into any search engine and its pretty much guaranteed that a Wikipedia article will be the first hit. Many in the scientific community have been sceptical that a free website maintained by untrained volunteers should dominate the global provision of knowledge, but a growing number of researchers are deciding that it […]

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The FENS Forum: A Good Time to Be in Spain

- July 19, 2012

This year is the “Year of Neuroscience” in Spain. As a part of this educational movement and celebration of the most recent flowering of Spanish neuroscience, Barcelona hosted the FENS Forum of Neuroscience. Drawing what the Chair of the Host Committee, Mara Dierssen, described as the largest number of attendees ever, the 8th FENS meeting […]

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Searching for the (Open) Source at Long Beach

- July 16, 2012

BOSC2012

As a project with the aim of revolutionizing data dissemination and use, on top of promoting open-access and open-data, open-source is a key part of the open-science equation, and this week GigaScience has been at the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC2012 – program here) in Long Beach. Sponsored by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (O|B|F), BOSC […]

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