Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Goat Genome Assembly Breaks Continuity Record, Expands Breeding Tools

[caption id="attachment_14004" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo of San Clemente Island goat kids by Cliff, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Efforts to produce a reference-grade goat genome assembly for improved breeding programs have paid off. A new Nature Genetics publication reports a high-quality, highly contiguous assembly that can be used to develop genotyping tools for quick, reliable analysis of traits such as milk and meat quality or adaptation to harsh environments. The program also offers a look at how different scaffolding approaches perform with SMRT Sequencing data. “Single-molecule sequencing and chromatin conformation capture enable de novo reference assembly of the domestic goat genome” comes from…

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