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The Importance of Annotation: A Q&A with Hypothes.is Director of Biosciences, Maryann Martone

- December 1, 2015

Maryann Martone is Director of Biosciences for Hypothes.is and current President of FORCE11, an organization advancing scholarly communication. She tells us about a new open annotation tool, Hypothes.is, and why the ability to annotate scholarly objects is so important.

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New in GigaScience: the Squishome

- March 27, 2013

Insect goo aids biodiversity research Apologies to Jonathan Eisen (see Badomics in the journal), but today in GigaScience we publish a new “squishomics” approach for assessing and understanding biodiversity, using the slightly wacky sounding method of combining DNA-soup made from crushed-up insects and the latest sequencing technology. This bulk-collected insect goo has the potential to […]

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First methylated nematode genome and other new datasets in GigaDB

- October 17, 2012

Methylated nematode

The worm that turned (epigenetics) GigaDB, GigaScience’s associated database, has had a number of new datasets just added, many for data types previously not hosted. Today marks the publication of new research in our sister BMC journal Genome Biology shaking up the epigenetics field by shattering the assumption that DNA methylation is absent in nematodes. […]

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Big-science goes local: democratization of sequencing demonstrated by the parrot genome

- September 28, 2012

A Grassroots Funding effort in Puerto Rico enables genome sequencing of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot The rationale and scope for GigaScience has been to cover and provide a home for the growing number of studies producing and handling large-scale biological data, and this “big-data” data bonanza is not just due to well funded […]

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Enabling bioinformatics tools to smoke the peace pipe together

- August 6, 2012

Scientific workflow software such as Taverna, Knime and Pipeline Pilot can overcome interoperability issues relating to the access of tools and data format conversions. Such tasks are automatically handled by the data processing pipeline during its enactment by the workflow software. Galaxy is another workflow system, and its annual conference was held last month at […]

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Shanghai (Epigenomics) Surprise

- April 30, 2012

With genetics and genomics being complicated enough, epigenomics adds even more layers of control and regulation of gene expression, and high-throughput global analyses of epigenetic changes further add to the reams of biological information many people are already referring to as the "data-deluge".  As the field is a key part of our “big-data” scope, the […]

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The State of the Curation Nation

- April 3, 2012

Biocuration nation

Of the of the many issues needing addressing in this era of the so-called “data deluge” (apologies genomics bingo), on top of the well documented difficulties in computing power, bandwidth and storage keeping pace with data production, less attention has been paid on the efforts required to present and package this biological information to users. […]

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HUPO 2011: lessons for Proteomics from the Genomics Tsunami

- September 13, 2011

Our whistlestop summer conference tour circumnavigating the globe has come to a jetlagged end, with the final conference being last weeks HUPO (Human Proteomics Organisation) congress in Geneva. With it being the 10th anniversary meeting it was a good opportunity to look back on how Proteomics has progressed over the past decade, from it’s early […]

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