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GIGA: Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance research

Partnered Collections, Special Issues

GIGA is an international non-profit community of scientists dedicated to promoting genomics research of diverse non-model invertebrate species. Invertebrates comprise over 95% of all animal species and are grouped into ~35 distinct phyla, yet only limited genomic and transcriptomic data are currently available and primarily focus on a few model species. GIGA advocates an increased availability of non-insect/non-nematode invertebrate genomes and transcriptomes, with an emphasis on marine taxa because of the unrivaled phyletic diversity in the oceans. Target species will be based on phylogenetic placement, relevance to organismal, ecological, and conservation research, and their importance to fisheries and human health. This Collection welcomes papers that reflect GIGA’s primary goals – see also our inaugural white paper

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Invertebrate genomics research
  • Comparative genomics of the tardigrades Hypsibius dujardini and Ramazzottius varieornatus
  • The First Myriapod Genome Sequence Reveals Conservative Arthropod Gene Content and Genome Organisation in the Centipede Strigamia maritima
  • Comparative genomics and the nature of placozoan species
  • A First Insight into the Genome of the Filter-Feeder Mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis
  • Detection of Prokaryotic Genes in the Amphimedon queenslandica Genome
  • The Nuclear Receptors of Biomphalaria glabrata and Lottia gigantea: Implications for Developing New Model Organisms
  • Genome-Wide Analysis of DNA Methylation in Five Tissues of Zhikong Scallop, Chlamys farreri
  • Comparative genomics of bdelloid rotifers: Insights from desiccating and nondesiccating species
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