Ecology is undergoing something of a digital revolution, with developing technologies allowing more animals than ever before to be accurately tracked and logged. The need for an industry-standard set of analysis tools, accessible to all, has led to the development of OzTrack, a suite of entirely Open Source tools to store, synthesize and present biotelemetry data.
A new, fully annotated reference human genome, GRCh38, has now been available for a little over a year. It brought a wealth of new information, but also opened a methodological Pandora’s box. In a recent Comment in Genome Biology leading scientists involved in the Genome Reference Consortium explain what is needed to make a better use of this tremendous resource.
What regulates cell fate determination in an embryo? How do cells collectively know when they should form the three embryonic germ layers – ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm – and later ingress when they undergo epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and grow to form various organs, for example the gut, muscle or brain? And even before… Read more »