Tag Archives: Birds

Sequencing The Eastern Yellow Robin: Sex chromosomes with a twist

- September 4, 2019

Robin sex chromosomes

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 […]

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Genomes from paradise

- January 30, 2019

New genomic data from five birds-of-paradise reveal genes that are shaped by selection and help explain the origin of their spectacular plumage. Birds-of-paradise, with their elaborate and colorful feathers and their complex courtship displays, are a school-book example of sexual selection. However, little is known about the genetic variants that distinguish the lavishly colored birds-of-paradise […]

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Swallows and Optical Maps For Ever!

- November 30, 2018

swallow genome

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 […]

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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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Open Data Publishing Goes New Zealand: A Cross Posting For Creative Commons Aotearoa

- February 10, 2015

NZ Commons logo

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 […]

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A Flock of Bird Data Comes to Roost

- 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 […]

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