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Open Bioinformatics in The Irish Free Software State

- July 12, 2015

BOSC2015 has in Dublin has just ended, so we look back over the meeting at some of the talks we enjoyed, and projects we have participated in.

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Great Lakes of Data: More with Pat Soranno on the challenges of data-integration in ecology

- July 3, 2015

A follow-up Q&A from Pat Soranno, sharing her thoughts on reproducible ecology and the challenges it presents.

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Sequencing Order: B10K Reaching for the Skies to Decode All Bird Genomes

- June 4, 2015

Announcing this week the B10K project, Guojie Zhang explains how they plan to sequence all the 10,000 bird genomes.

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Community Microbiomes: Chatting Cat Scat with Kittybiome’s Holly Ganz

- May 26, 2015

All Cats (Microbiomes) are Grey? Regular readers will have seen our interest in “community genome” projects, supported by crowdfunding and alternative means (fashion shows in case of the “peoples parrot”), and we’ve been pleased to see the Azolla fern and Cactus genome projects that we published guest GigaBlog postings from both achieve their funding targets. […]

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GigaScience Pushes Metabolomics Open Data & Training

- May 13, 2015

With our focus on large-scale biological data, mass spectrometry has been one area of particular interest and attention. Metabolomics involves the detection and quantification of small molecules (metabolites) in living organisms using mass spectrometers. The measurements made from these sophisticated instruments are analysed using computational programs to determine the abundances of metabolites, the results of […]

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BioCuration Behind the Bamboo Curtain

- April 28, 2015

What is BioCuration? While many around the world may be unclear as to what biocuration entails, in China the issue is further complicated by the fact that there isn’t a really a readily accepted word for it. Despite being home to some of the world’s biggest producers of biological data such as BGI (genomics) and […]

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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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