Tag Archives: genomics

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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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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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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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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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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Harvesting the final fruits of the plant tree of life

- October 24, 2019

Lessons learned in the evolution of large-scale data sharing New studies out today elucidate the framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution. The work are the results of nearly a decades work from an international consortium of nearly 200 plant researchers generating gene sequences from more than 1100 plant species. Here and in […]

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March of the Multiple Penguin Genomes

- September 18, 2019

Penguin genomes

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 […]

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FUNC in the Fjords: Functional Metagenomics 2019 in Trondheim

- July 27, 2019

The Norwegian city of Trondheim seemed the place to be this June – with hotels in high demand  due to the BarCode Of Life conference, The Big Challenge Science Festival (including a concert by that famous science communicator Sting), and the Functional Metagenomics 2019 conference (#FMG2019) all taking place over the same period (June 16-19th). […]

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PAG Asia 2019: Plant and Animal Genomes (with Chinese Characteristics)

- July 3, 2019

PAG Asia 2019

Regular readers will know GigaScience has published a lot of plant and animal genomes, and the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings at their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to […]

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Genomics Standards on the Danube. GigaScience at GSC21 in Vienna

- June 3, 2019

GSC21

The 21st meeting of the Genomics Standards Consortium (GSC21) took place last week in Vienna at one of the oldest universities in the world – the University of Vienna – from May 20th-23rd.  We’ve been long time supporters and participants of the Genomics Standards Consortium meetings going back to 2012’s GSC13 in Shenzhen, and have […]

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