June 18, 2013

Figshare update and sodium channel evolution

Figshare has just announced that they're allowing embeddable content via a handy widget. This seems like a natural step to promote the dissemination of open data and self-publishing of research data. I've tried out the widget on a previous post about the evolution of voltage-gated sodium channels - link here - and it fits really well with the blog format. You can also see it below. PLOS has started using the widget seamlessly in their journal websites as well - see for example this article. They've already been using figshare to deposit supporting information for a while now.

Speaking of voltage-gated sodium channels, my former colleague Jenny Widmark and our group leader Dan Larhammar have just published a short chapter on their evolution for eLS (Encyclopedia of Life Sciences), based on our work. I've included the link to the eLS chapter below.

Phylogenetic maximum likelihood analyses of the voltage-gated sodium channel α subunit (SCNα) gene family based on amino acid sequence alignments. The sequences and alignments described in Widmark et. al. (2011) Molecular Biology and Evolution 28(1):859-71 (1) were used to re-analyze the phylogenetic relationships of vertebrate SCNα subtypes with more powerful methods.

Widmark, J., & Larhammar, D. (2013). Evolution of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels eLS John Wiley & Sons, Ltd DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0024936

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