Special Issue "Advances in Genetic Mechanism of Artificial Domestication of Wild Animals"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 304

Special Issue Editors

College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Interests: cat; genomics; olfaction; genome evolution; felidae; carnivora
Key Laboratory of Yak Breeding Engineering, Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lanzhou 730050, China
Interests: population genomics; transcriptomics; hypoxia adaptation; yak; cattle

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The process of wild animal domestication started as many as 12000 years ago. Artificial directional selection promoted the emergence of abundant phenotypic changes in domesticated animals. Compared with their wild ancestors, the domesticated animals presented alterations in body size, physiological development and behavior. A better understanding of the genomic or genetic changes in the process of animal domestication and artificial selection has been a critical topic in recent decades.

In this new Special Issue, we invite studies focusing on the genetic mechanisms of the artificial domestication of wild animals, including genome selection, molecular regulation, new breed formation and the genetic mechanism corresponding to phenotypic diversity.

Potential themes include, but are not limited to:

(1) Illustrating the biological functions and molecular regulatory pathway of key genes that are responsible for the important traits of domesticated animals, on molecular, cellular, individual and population levels;

(2) Comparison of genetic differences among different breeds;

(3) Identification of the critical mutations or QTLs linked to specific phenotypic traits;

(4) Genome scanning of the signatures of artificial selection.

Prof. Dr. Gang Li
Dr. Wu Xiaoyun
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • animal domestication

  • artificial selection
  • complex trait
  • genetic diversity
  • genetic mechanism

Published Papers

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