I was wondering why Nature publishes draft genomes, how genome papers are assessed for completeness and whether Nature realizes the damage they make to the scientific community by publishing drafts?

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Erica Pasini on Apr 07, 2017 • 1 answer
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In one of the videos it is argued that Nature does not publish work in progress: draft genomes are unfinished work and in many cases do not benefit the community but stop further efforts to obtain better genomes through manual annotation and curation (which largely determine the quality and usefulness of a genome), but are expensive . Funding agencies argue: it has already been published in Nature


Genome sequences are obtained for many scientific purposes, from ensuring the antiviral transgene in papaya was in a defined place for regulatory reasons, to understanding the gene complex determining mating behavior in the ruff - http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/ng.3483

The reason Nature journals insist upon annotated, chromosome-length reference assemblies preferably anchored to a linkage map is that these high quality genomes are more broadly useful to the scientific community, for example the spotted gar: http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/ng.3526

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Myles Axton on Apr 12, 2017
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