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Genome of a songbird unveiled.

Pinaud R - J. Biol. (2010)

Bottom Line: An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

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Affiliation: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 117 Meliora Hall, River Campus, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA. pinaud@bcs.rochester.edu

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An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

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Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): an adult female (left) and an adult male (right).
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Figure 1: Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): an adult female (left) and an adult male (right).

Mentions: Now an international consortium has unveiled the genome of the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata, Figure 1), along with a multi-layered analysis of its sequence [3]. Sequencing the zebra finch genome was initiated in 2005 under the Large Scale Genome Sequencing Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute [4], leveraging prior work in the research community characterizing the zebra finch brain transcriptome [5-7]. These initiatives, along with new zebra finch genome sequences, have resulted in the complete genome sequenced with 17,475 protein-coding genes identified, as well as regulatory regions and non-coding RNAs. The annotation and sequence coverage of the zebra finch genome will certainly be refined in the years to come, but the initial endeavor is expected to provide a unique platform for modern genomics research in this organism. Furthermore, this initial snapshot of the songbird genome should provide critical insights into fundamental scientific questions, including an array of physiological and evolutionary processes. Here, I review some of the most exciting findings of this pioneering effort.


Genome of a songbird unveiled.

Pinaud R - J. Biol. (2010)

Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): an adult female (left) and an adult male (right).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): an adult female (left) and an adult male (right).
Mentions: Now an international consortium has unveiled the genome of the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata, Figure 1), along with a multi-layered analysis of its sequence [3]. Sequencing the zebra finch genome was initiated in 2005 under the Large Scale Genome Sequencing Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute [4], leveraging prior work in the research community characterizing the zebra finch brain transcriptome [5-7]. These initiatives, along with new zebra finch genome sequences, have resulted in the complete genome sequenced with 17,475 protein-coding genes identified, as well as regulatory regions and non-coding RNAs. The annotation and sequence coverage of the zebra finch genome will certainly be refined in the years to come, but the initial endeavor is expected to provide a unique platform for modern genomics research in this organism. Furthermore, this initial snapshot of the songbird genome should provide critical insights into fundamental scientific questions, including an array of physiological and evolutionary processes. Here, I review some of the most exciting findings of this pioneering effort.

Bottom Line: An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 117 Meliora Hall, River Campus, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA. pinaud@bcs.rochester.edu

ABSTRACT
An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

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