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Recent commentaries published in Genome Biology

This list will be updated with all of our new commentaries including Comments, Editorials, Meeting reports, Opinions and Q&As. Commentaries in Genome Biology are open access and therefore free to read and share.

  1. Meeting Report

    Missing heritability and where to find it

    A report on the 11th Genomics of Rare Disease meeting held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, 5–7 April, 2017.

    Santhosh Girirajan

    Genome Biology 2017 18:89

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  2. Q & A

    Heroes of peer review: Robert Lowe

    In the second of our series of articles celebrating peer reviewers, we talk to Robert Lowe, who is a Lecturer in computational biology at Queen Mary University of London, UK, and a valued reviewer for Genome Biol...

    Robert Lowe

    Genome Biology 2017 18:72

    Published on: 19 April 2017

  3. Opinion

    Structuring supplemental materials in support of reproducibility

    Supplements are increasingly important to the scientific record, particularly in genomics. However, they are often underutilized. Optimally, supplements should make results findable, accessible, interoperable,...

    Dov Greenbaum, Joel Rozowsky, Victoria Stodden and Mark Gerstein

    Genome Biology 2017 18:64

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  4. Q & A

    Coming out: the experience of LGBT+ people in STEM

    Continuing with our Q&A series discussing issues of diversity in STEM fields, Genome Biology spoke with three openly LGBT+ researchers on their experiences in biology.

    Ben Barres, Beth Montague-Hellen and Jeremy Yoder

    Genome Biology 2017 18:62

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  5. Editorial

    Human disease genomics: from variants to biology

    We summarize the remarkable progress that has been made in the identification and functional characterization of DNA sequence variants associated with disease.

    Mark I. McCarthy and Daniel G. MacArthur

    Genome Biology 2017 18:20

    Published on: 30 January 2017


    Genome Informatics 2016

    A report on the Genome Informatics conference, held at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, United Kingdom, 19–22 September 2016.

    Davide Chicco and Michael M. Hoffman

    Genome Biology 2017 18:5

    Published on: 16 January 2017

  7. Opinion

    The Oxford Nanopore MinION: delivery of nanopore sequencing to the genomics community

    Nanopore DNA strand sequencing has emerged as a competitive, portable technology. Reads exceeding 150 kilobases have been achieved, as have in-field detection and analysis of clinical pathogens. We summarize k...

    Miten Jain, Hugh E. Olsen, Benedict Paten and Mark Akeson

    Genome Biology 2016 17:239

    Published on: 25 November 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genome Biology 2016 17:256

  8. Opinion

    The continuum of causality in human genetic disorders

    Studies of human genetic disorders have traditionally followed a reductionist paradigm. Traits are defined as Mendelian or complex based on family pedigree and population data, whereas alleles are deemed rare,...

    Nicholas Katsanis

    Genome Biology 2016 17:233

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  9. Q and A

    Heroes of peer review: Hyongbum (Henry) Kim

    Peer reviewers are the unsung heroes of science. We celebrate reviewers through a series of interviews with people who have made particularly strong recent contributions to Genome Biology as reviewers. The first ...

    Hyongbum Kim

    Genome Biology 2016 17:200

    Published on: 29 September 2016

  10. Comment

    Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature

    The spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel, when used with default settings, is known to convert gene names to dates and floating-point numbers. A programmatic scan of leading genomics journals reveals that appr...

    Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren and Assam El-Osta

    Genome Biology 2016 17:177

    Published on: 23 August 2016

  11. Opinion

    The potential of single-cell profiling in plants

    Single-cell transcriptomics has been employed in a growing number of animal studies, but the technique has yet to be widely used in plants. Nonetheless, early studies indicate that single-cell RNA-seq protocol...

    Idan Efroni and Kenneth D. Birnbaum

    Genome Biology 2016 17:65

    Published on: 5 April 2016

  12. Opinion

    The real cost of sequencing: scaling computation to keep pace with data generation

    As the cost of sequencing continues to decrease and the amount of sequence data generated grows, new paradigms for data storage and analysis are increasingly important. The relative scaling behavior of these e...

    Paul Muir, Shantao Li, Shaoke Lou, Daifeng Wang, Daniel J Spakowicz, Leonidas Salichos, Jing Zhang, George M. Weinstock, Farren Isaacs, Joel Rozowsky and Mark Gerstein

    Genome Biology 2016 17:53

    Published on: 23 March 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genome Biology 2016 17:78

  13. Meeting Report

    Talking about cross-talk: the immune system and the microbiome

    A report on the first EMBO conference entitled “Next Gen Immunology—From Host Genome to the Microbiome: Immunity in the Genomic Era”, held at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 14–16 February, 2016.

    David Zeevi, Tal Korem and Eran Segal

    Genome Biology 2016 17:50

    Published on: 17 March 2016