Scott Edmunds - January 7, 2021
Ducks, Emu’s, Platypus and Echidna’s, oh my! New work on the duck and other egg-laying animal genomes helps crack sex chromosomes evolution and diversity in a number of bird and monotreme species.
Scott Edmunds - September 18, 2019
The Penguin Genome Consortium sequences all living penguin species genomes to understand the evolution of life on the ice. Published today in GigaScience is an article that presents the first effort to capture the entirety of the genomic landscape of all living penguin species. The Penguin Genome Consortium —bringing together researchers from China, Denmark, New […]
Hans Zauner - September 4, 2019
Today in Gigascience we published an avian genome assembly with a twist. An Australian team at Monash University discovered unusual, so-called neo-sex chromosomes in the genome of the Eastern Yellow Robin. Being big fans of bird genomes (see our support of the Avian Phylogenomic and B10K projects) it is great to see another one take […]
Scott Edmunds - November 30, 2018
While they say one swallow doesn’t make a spring, one swallow genome makes a welcome contribution to the avian genome club. Taking advantage of the latest genomic and optical mapping technologies, a team of Scientists from the University of Milan, California State Polytechnic University and the University of Pavia, have carried out the high quality […]
Scott Edmunds - January 28, 2016
OPTIMising Genome Assembly This month brings new additions to our exciting and on-going Optical Mapping series. Outside of a handful of key genomes, due to deficiencies in the short sequencing read lengths that have backed genome assembly, we lack reference genomes that are finished to high standards that can support comprehensive analyses. The rise of […]
Scott Edmunds - June 4, 2015
Announcing this week the B10K project, Guojie Zhang explains how they plan to sequence all the 10,000 bird genomes.
Nicole Nogoy - February 10, 2015
Our New Zealand based Commissioning Editor, Nicole Nogoy, was asked by Creative Commons Aotearoa (New Zealand) to write a guest blog on open licensing from a Kiwi perspective. Being big users and fans of their licenses we were happy to oblige. Now posted on their website, thanks to the wonder of open CC-BY licensing, we […]
Scott Edmunds - December 12, 2014
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. —Attributed to Charles Darwin In 1839 Charles Darwin published his famous account of the 5-year second voyage of the HMS Beagle, describing the flora and fauna he encountered surveying South America and circumnavigating the […]