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GigaScience joins C19RapidReview: the COVID-19 Rapid Review Initiative

- May 29, 2020

C19 Rapid Review

C19RapidReview: cross publisher collaboration against the coronavirus pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new urgency to openly and rapidly share and review relevant research, with the world looking to science to solve the problems we currently face. While we’ve written about constructive things you can do while in lockdown, there are many more things […]

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DNA day 2020: The genomes of Dominette and Esperanza

- April 25, 2020

It’s DNA day, celebrating two historic milestones: The publication of the structure of DNA in 1953, and the completion of the human genome project in 2003. What better occasion could there be to take a step back and marvel at the breath-taking progress in genomics over the years. For this year’s special DNA day blog, GigaScience […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus, Pt. 2

- April 12, 2020

COVID-19 data

With ongoing the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic providing us with unprecedented insight into the progression of a disease outbreak, and unprecedented time in the lock down to turn us all into armchair epidemiologists. This includes near real-time sharing and analysis of genomics data through platforms like nextstrain, and of ways to view the infection, mortality and […]

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Reproducible Classification. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 2

- April 8, 2020

ShinyLearner

This week we showcased a new way of peer reviewing software, testing code in an independent manner and providing a CODECHECK “certificate of reproducible computation” when the results in the paper can be reproduced. We’ve written a post on the CODECHECK process featuring a Q&A with CODECHECK founder Stephen Eglan, and here we’ll provide a follow […]

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Certified Reproducibility. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 1

- April 7, 2020

CODECHECK certificate

Out today in GigaScience is ShinyLearner, a new tool to make it easier to perform benchmark comparisons of classification algorithms. This tool stands out by making this process super systematic and reproducible, and despite needing to interface with many different libraries and languages it uses software containers (and a CodeOcean demo) so end users don’t […]

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Things to do when stuck at home because of the Coronavirus: Get Annotating

- March 26, 2020

hypothes.is integration

Stuck indoors and bored of passively reading information on the coronavirus (and more) when you could be doing something more constructive? GigaScience now has hypothes.is integration for collaborative annotation, and we would encourage readers to interact with our content more collaboratively. Here we outline eight things we do to add value to papers with such […]

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Under Construction: Plant and Animal Genomes Get a Refurb

- March 1, 2020

Plant and Animal Genomes under construction

As publishers of a lot of plant and animal genomes, the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings in their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to host satellites in Asia (PAG […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus

- February 4, 2020

Coronavirus data forcasting

With much of the GigaScience team spanning the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and now confined to remote working, the current 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak has been particularly disruptive and close to home. As with previous WHO “public-health emergency of international concern” such as Ebola and Zika, data has provided a potent tool in fighting both the outbreak, and […]

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The genome of an elusive giant

- January 16, 2020

Today, GigaScience published a report on the genome of a truly unique species: the giant squid Architeuthis dux. The elusive animal is the main character in ancient stories about sea monsters and it is known as “the kraken” in many legends. For a long time its mere existence was questionable, until, in 1857, the Danish naturalist Japetus […]

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Big data, big conferences, big plans: 2019 in review

- December 21, 2019

This is the last blog post of 2019 and it is time again to look back at some of the amazing research published in GigaScience over the past year. Besides handling manuscripts, reviews and data, the editors and curators also attended conferences near and far, they contributed to policy discussions and prepared the launch of […]

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