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6th International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics

This collection published in Genetics Selection Evolution contains reviews from speakers and delegates at the 6th International Symposium on Functional Animal Genomics (ISAFG 2015), held in Italy on the 27th-29th July 2015.

After the endeavor of sequencing the whole genome of all major species, livestock research is facing new challenges: to understand the function of genes and the control of their expression; their interaction with nutrients and the environment; the understanding protein and metabolite networks; and the role of the microbiota on animal health and production.

The purpose of ISAFG 2015 was to bring together academic researchers, industry representatives and policy makers to exchange knowledge on the leading-edge developments in functional genomics and its applications in the livestock sector.

First published: 29th March 2016

  1. Research Article

    Detection and validation of structural variations in bovine whole-genome sequence data

    Several examples of structural variation (SV) affecting phenotypic traits have been reported in cattle. Currently the identification of SV from whole-genome sequence data (WGS) suffers from a high false positi...

    Long Chen, Amanda J. Chamberlain, Coralie M. Reich, Hans D. Daetwyler and Ben J. Hayes

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:13

    Published on: 25 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:31

  2. Review

    Application of meta-omics techniques to understand greenhouse gas emissions originating from ruminal metabolism

    Methane emissions from ruminal fermentation contribute significantly to total anthropological greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New meta-omics technologies are beginning to revolutionise our understanding of the...

    Robert J. Wallace, Timothy J. Snelling, Christine A. McCartney, Ilma Tapio and Francesco Strozzi

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:9

    Published on: 16 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2017 49:27

  3. Research Article

    Lessons for livestock genomics from genome and transcriptome sequencing in cattle and other mammals

    Decreasing sequencing costs and development of new protocols for characterizing global methylation, gene expression patterns and regulatory regions have stimulated the generation of large livestock datasets. H...

    Jeremy F. Taylor, Lynsey K. Whitacre, Jesse L. Hoff, Polyana C. Tizioto, JaeWoo Kim, Jared E. Decker and Robert D. Schnabel

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:59

    Published on: 17 August 2016

  4. Review

    Synergies between assisted reproduction technologies and functional genomics

    This review, is a synopsis of advanced reproductive technologies in farm animals, including the discussion of their limiting factors as revealed by the study of offspring derived from embryos produced in vitro...

    Pasqualino Loi, Paola Toschi, Federica Zacchini, Grazyna Ptak, Pier A. Scapolo, Emanuele Capra, Alessandra Stella, Paolo Ajmone Marsan and John L. Williams

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:53

    Published on: 1 August 2016

  5. Review

    Multi-omic data integration and analysis using systems genomics approaches: methods and applications in animal production, health and welfare

    In the past years, there has been a remarkable development of high-throughput omics (HTO) technologies such as genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics across all facets of biology. ...

    Prashanth Suravajhala, Lisette J. A. Kogelman and Haja N. Kadarmideen

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:38

    Published on: 29 April 2016

  6. Review

    A tale of two sequences: microRNA-target chimeric reads

    In animals, a functional interaction between a microRNA (miRNA) and its target RNA requires only partial base pairing. The limited number of base pair interactions required for miRNA targeting provides miRNAs ...

    James P. Broughton and Amy E. Pasquinelli

    Genetics Selection Evolution 2016 48:31

    Published on: 4 April 2016