Advances in Pig Genomic Resources

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2024 | Viewed by 57

Special Issue Editor

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College of Animal Science, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450046, China
Interests: pig genetics and breeding; animal genome; animal reproduction; genetic improvement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Humans have kept pigs for a long history, and their domestication processes in different parts of the world, such as Asia and Europe, have shown different tissue-specific genetic selections. At present, the main work of pig breeding across the world is to improve the meat production performance of a few representative lean pig breeds, such as Duroc, Landrace, and Large White.

Genomic breeding is currently the most advanced pig breeding technology. Major advances in genomics have opened an exciting new era, allowing us a deep understanding of the pig genome and helping us to carry out efficient breeding. The entire pig genome contains approximately 3 billion bp. In-depth exploration of genomic resources and functional annotation has revealed genomic variations related to important economic traits and the adaptive evolution of pigs. Genetic markers have also significantly improved the identification and selection process of some key phenotypes, such as body structure, meat quality, disease resistance, reproductive performance, and other functional traits.

In the pig genome mapping project, a large amount of resequencing and transcriptome data were generated, defining promoters, enhancers, regulatory elements, open chromatin regions, and three-dimensional genome maps. This Special Issue aims to introduce recent advances in the field of porcine genetics and genomics, utilizing the latest technologies, including next-generation sequencing, genome-wide association studies, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, DNA microarrays, ultra-long DNA sequencing, and other advanced sequencing methods. This will enable the identification of gene candidates and mutations in the pig genome, transcriptome, and epigenome, leading to an understanding of the genetics underlying well-bred pigs and providing a scientific basis for developing a high-quality pig breeding industry.

We invite you to contribute original research articles or reviews to this Special Issue. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following: identification of pig growth traits and pathogenic gene loci; epigenetic modifications; gene expression variations; and functional annotation of non-coding regions. Methodology papers are also welcome.

Dr. Ruimin Qiao
Guest Editor

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  • pig genome sequencing
  • genomics databases and resources
  • GWAS
  • genomic breeding
  • body composition traits
  • candidate genes

Published Papers

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