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Animal Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics

First draft of pig genome sequence

On November 2-4, 2009, the Swine genome Sequencing Consortium (SGSC) and the EU COST action “PigNet” will organize the Pig Genome III meeting to celebrate the completion of the draft  4x improved quality porcine genome sequence by  the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK.  A draft genome sequence is the first entire sequence of the DNA or building blocks for each of the genes of a pig.  This is needed to understand which genes control each trait and how genes interact.

Genome sequence data have been previously assembled and annotated using automated tools and published through the Pre-Ensembl genome browser (currently the Sscrofa9 genome build is available at: http://pre.ensembl.org/Sus_scrofa/Info/Index).  This meeting provides an essential opportunity to convene the broader pig genomics community as well as end-users to ensure rapid and full deployment of the sequence information.

Meeting goals are:

  • reviewing the latest genome assembly (Sscrofa9) and the automated (Ensembl) annotation;
  • workshop sessions to support the development of a summary manuscript of the pig genome and related companion papers;
  • training in the manual annotation of the pig genome to ensure the highest quality product; and,
  • providing an opportunity to recognize the global partners who have supported and conducted the pig genome sequencing project and transition the SGSC activities into full utilization of the pig genome sequence information.

The conference will also serve to stimulate interactions between researchers who have focused on creating the sequencing platform and conducting the sequencing with those investigators who are dedicated to using this information.  To date, these have in part been separate research communities, and the conference will provide a forum for introductions and to engage the broader community to participate in the analysis of the genome sequence.  Finally, the conference organizers will integrate a theme focusing on creating international guidelines to ensure the broadest dissemination and utilization of genomic information. For additional information either contact Lawrence Shook (schook@illinois.edu), Alan Archibald (alan.archibald@roslin.ed.ac.uk) or Martien Groenen (martien.groenen@wur.nl).
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