Special Issue "Genetics and Important Economic Traits of Goats and Sheep"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2023) | Viewed by 305

Special Issue Editor

College of Animal Science and Technology, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 625014, China
Interests: epigenetics; RNA m6A modification; muscle development; gene function

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Goats (Capra hicus) and sheep (Ovis aries) were domesticated around 11,000 years ago in Southwest Asia, which are among the first animals to be domesticated by human beings. The domestication of goats and sheep is an important event in the history of human civilization and the agricultural revolution, and full of human wisdom to conquer nature. However, the exact line of descent between domestic goat and sheep and their wild ancestors remain open to questions. Goats and sheep were primarily raised for meat, milk, fibers (hair, wool) and hide. Different breeds are adapted to multiple environments, including harsh environments and extreme climatic conditions. They are good models for studying natural and artificial selection. It is important to investigate the possible genomic signatures of natural selection for adaptation to various environments and the possible key genes of artificial selection for achieving profitable phenotypes. In this Special Issue, we invite a wide range of paper submissions on goat and sheep genetics and genomics, including reviews, research papers, etc.

Dr. Jiaxue Cao
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • goat
  • sheep
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • evolution
  • key gene function
  • domestication

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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