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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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Coronavirus research needs to be a marathon, not a sprint

- August 18, 2020

Coronavirus trends

Not only epidemics themselves come in waves, also research into emerging infectious diseases has ups and downs, a Gigascience paper published today reports. The authors at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev analysed more than 35 million papers and explored research (scientometric trends) related to nine different infectious diseases. The scientific literature screened for this study spans 20 […]

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Birthdays and Online Conferences go Viral. ISMB2020 & BCC2020 in the time of COVID-19

- July 27, 2020

virtual conferences go viral

Meetings In the Time of Coronavirus: Conferences go Viral June-July usually marks peak conference season when the GigaScience team is on the road, but with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down travel and public gatherings it has been a strangely static summer. As we launched at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference in Long […]

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Medical Imaging with Deep Learning in the Time of Coronavirus

- July 14, 2020

MIDL2020

Montréal was the venue for Medical Imaging with Deep Learning 2020 (MIDL 2020) that took place on 6-9 July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, like many meetings this year (such as the ISMB conference we attend every year), the new normal has been to make it a virtual conference. GigaScience Data Scientist Chris Armit […]

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Nectar, fruits, and blood. A genomic view on the feeding habits of bats.

- June 9, 2020

Bats are mammals like no other – airborne, mostly nocturnal, often hidden away in caves, capable of using echolocation for in-flight navigation. No two bat species are alike, however. Their diversity of morphology, life styles and feeding habits is staggering. New bat genomics research published today in GigaScience explores  the footprints of evolution, to explain […]

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