GigaScience aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish 'big-data' studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

Our scope covers not just 'omic' type data and the fields of high-throughput biology currently serviced by large public repositories, but also the growing range of more difficult-to-access data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort data, systems biology and other new types of large-scale sharable data.


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    Hot off the USB sequencer

    A first E. coli genome sequenced on the new MinION portable sequencer from Oxford Nanopore is presented and described to encourage the development of better methods to analyse it

    GigaScience 2014, 3:22
  • Publishing prickly pictures

    Sea urchins comprise 950 species, and presented here are 141 high-resolution MRI scans from 98 species available for download that represent a broad taxonomical and morphological spectrum of the Echinoidea

    GigaScience 2014, 3:21
  • How to crowdfund a genome

    The Azolla genome project provide insight into how they raised $22,000 to sequence this aquatic fern species using a grassroots approach

    GigaScience 2014, 3:16
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    Here kitty kitty

    With nearly 250 genetic diseases analogous to human disorders cats offer powerful natural models of diseases. Here we present genome assembly and annotation of two domestic and one wild cat greatly improving upon previous low-coverage versions

    GigaScience 2014, 3:13
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    Packing your trunk with genome data

    Elephant species as a whole are dwindling. Here we present sequence data of two Asian elephants that will compliment behavioural, genetic and evolutionary studies of these extraordinary mammals

    GigaScience 2014, 3:12



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