GENE-SWitCH is running from first of July 2019 to 30th of June 2023.
Close collaboration with FAANG community
Project coordinator: Elisabetta Guiffra, INRA
Project manager: INRA
GENE-SWitCH is a multi-actor project that will produce new genome information to enable the characterisation of genetic and epigenetic determinants of complex traits in the two monogastric species (chicken and pigs) that are the primary sources of meat worldwide. The annotation effort will be focused on the regulatory dynamics of the genome during development from fetus/embryo to adult stages.
GENE-SWitCH project will contribute to the global FAANG effort considerably, demonstrate how the knowledge of functional features of genomes can foster the advancement of genomic selection for immediate benefit to the breeding industry, and produce cutting edge research paving the way for new precision breeding strategies.
In the short to medium term, the work by GENE-SWitCH will:
- deliver comprehensive genome annotation maps of high quality in the targeted farmed animal species/tissues;
- pave the way for subsequent use of annotated genomes to improve precision breeding in farmed animal production, by linking genome to phenotype and improving means to measure or record phenotypes;
- progress in understanding genotype per environment interactions and deciphering the mechanisms by which some effects induced by environment or stressors can be transmitted across generations;
- contribute to international cooperation on genome annotation.
In the long term activities will enhance the sustainability of farmed animal production, as GENE-SWitCH results may open up to new precision breeding strategies.
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