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GigaScience Prize Track


New, cutting edge, unpublished research in the field of large-scale biological and biomedical research were invited to submit to a new session at BGI’s ICG-12 (International Conference on Genomics) conference in Shenzhen, on Oct. 26-29, 2017. Using a cutting-edge review process, manuscripts were submitted as pre-prints in BioRxiv and peer-reviewed openly in a special channel of the AcademicKarma peer review platform. Peer-review and prize judging was handled by the GigaScience editors and a panel encompassing external experts. Below are the accepted papers which had a chance to win travel expenses, cash prizes and article processing costs, and will be presented in a special track at the conference.

DATA NOTE
Draft genome of the Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) is the only fully domesticated species in the Cervidae family, and is the only cervid with a circumpolar distribution. We obtained 615 Gb (Gigabase) of usable sequences by filtering the low quality reads of the raw data generated from the Illumina Hiseq 4000 platform, and a 2.64 Gb final assembly, representing 95.7% of the estimated genome (2.76 Gb according to k-mer analysis), including 92.6% of expected genes according to BUSCO analysis.

Zhipeng Li, Zeshan Lin, Hengxing Ba, Lei Chen, Yongzhi Yang, Kun Wang, Qiu Qiang, Wen Wang, and Guangyu Li

GigaScience 2017
Published on: 01 November 2017
RESEARCH

We describe the Multigenomic Entropy Based Score pipeline (MEBS), a software platform designed to evaluate, compare and infer complex metabolic pathways in large “omic” datasets, including entire biogeochemical cycles. MEBS is open source and available through https://github.com/eead-csic-compbio/metagenome_Pfam_score.

Valerie De Anda, Icoquih Zapata-Peñasco, Augusto Cesar Poot-Hernandez, Luis E. Eguiarte, Bruno Contreras-Moreira, and Valeria Souza

GigaScience 2017
Published on: 23 October 2017

DATA NOTE

Common bread wheat, Triticum aestivum, has one of the most complex genomes known to science, with 6 copies of each chromosome, enormous numbers of near-identical sequences scattered throughout, and an overall haploid size of more than 15 billion bases. Multiple past attempts to assemble the genome have produced assemblies that were well short of the estimated genome size. Here we report the first near-complete assembly of T. aestivum, using deep sequencing coverage from a combination of short Illumina reads and very long Pacific Biosciences reads.

Aleksey V. Zimin, Daniela Puiu, Richard Hall, Sarah Kingan, Bernardo J. Clavijo, and Steven L. Salzberg

GigaScience 2017
Published on: 23 October 2017

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