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Zebra finch: the companion papers for the publication of the zebra finch genome sequence

The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) is an attractive species to study the neurobiology and evolution of learned behavior, the biology of vocal communication and other aspects of development, evolution and ecology. In this special series we include companion articles to the whole genome sequence.

  1. Research article

    Genomic organization and molecular phylogenies of the beta (β) keratin multigene family in the chicken (Gallus gallus) and zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata): implications for feather evolution

    The epidermal appendages of reptiles and birds are constructed of beta (β) keratins. The molecular phylogeny of these keratins is important to understanding the evolutionary origin of these appendages, especia...

    Matthew J Greenwold and Roger H Sawyer

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010 10:148

    Published on: 18 May 2010

  2. Research article

    Comparative genomic analysis of the zebra finch degradome provides new insights into evolution of proteases in birds and mammals

    The degradome -the complete repertoire of proteases in an organism- is involved in multiple key biological and pathological processes. Previous studies in several organisms have yielded sets of curated proteas...

    Víctor Quesada, Gloria Velasco, Xose S Puente, Wesley C Warren and Carlos López-Otín

    BMC Genomics 2010 11:220

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  3. Research article

    Gene duplication and fragmentation in the zebra finch major histocompatibility complex

    Due to its high polymorphism and importance for disease resistance, the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) has been an important focus of many vertebrate genome projects. Avian MHC organization is of parti...

    Christopher N Balakrishnan, Robert Ekblom, Martin Völker, Helena Westerdahl, Ricardo Godinez, Holly Kotkiewicz, David W Burt, Tina Graves, Darren K Griffin, Wesley C Warren and Scott V Edwards

    BMC Biology 2010 8:29

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  4. Research article

    Digital gene expression analysis of the zebra finch genome

    In order to understand patterns of adaptation and molecular evolution it is important to quantify both variation in gene expression and nucleotide sequence divergence. Gene expression profiling in non-model or...

    Robert Ekblom, Christopher N Balakrishnan, Terry Burke and Jon Slate

    BMC Genomics 2010 11:219

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  5. Research article

    Neural expression and post-transcriptional dosage compensation of the steroid metabolic enzyme 17β-HSD type 4

    Steroids affect many tissues, including the brain. In the zebra finch, the estrogenic steroid estradiol (E2) is especially effective at promoting growth of the neural circuit specialized for song. In this species...

    Sarah E London, Yuichiro Itoh, Valentin A Lance, Petra M Wise, Preethika S Ekanayake, Randi K Oyama, Arthur P Arnold and Barney A Schlinger

    BMC Neuroscience 2010 11:47

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  6. Research article

    The zebra finch neuropeptidome: prediction, detection and expression

    Among songbirds, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) is an excellent model system for investigating the neural mechanisms underlying complex behaviours such as vocal communication, learning and social interacti...

    Fang Xie, Sarah E London, Bruce R Southey, Suresh P Annangudi, Andinet Amare, Sandra L Rodriguez-Zas, David F Clayton and Jonathan V Sweedler

    BMC Biology 2010 8:28

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  7. Research article

    A comparison of SNPs and microsatellites as linkage mapping markers: lessons from the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

    Genetic linkage maps are essential tools when searching for quantitative trait loci (QTL). To maximize genome coverage and provide an evenly spaced marker distribution a combination of different types of genet...

    Alexander D Ball, Jessica Stapley, Deborah A Dawson, Tim R Birkhead, Terry Burke and Jon Slate

    BMC Genomics 2010 11:218

    Published on: 1 April 2010

  8. Minireview

    Genome of a songbird unveiled

    An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

    Raphael Pinaud

    Journal of Biology 2010 9:19

    Published on: 1 April 2010