Animal Genetics

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Edited By: Hans Lenstra

Impact Factor: 1.815

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 10/58 (Agriculture Dairy & Animal Science); 119/167 (Genetics & Heredity)

Online ISSN: 1365-2052

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Dr. Hans Lenstra is the Editor-in-Chief of Animal Genetics

Dr. Johannes A. Lenstra is Editor-in-Chief. Read the editorial about the editors by ISAG President Ernie Bailey here.

Dr. Johannes A. LenstraHans Lenstra (Utrecht University, Netherlands) has a background in chemistry and biochemistry. For forty years he has worked on the molecular evolution, eukaryotic gene structure, genome characterization and molecular diversity of livestock and wildlife.

Editor's Choice!

Two FREE-to-read papers in 48.5 describe the molecular background of important traits, which have enabled sheep and horse, respectively, to adapt to their domestic habitat.

About 25% of the sheep worldwide have so-called fat-tails. More or less comparable to the humps of camels (but not to those of zebus), these serve by storing additional energy as adaptation to harsh environments and at the same time add to the nutritional value of the animal. A whole-genome scan of Chinese fat- and thin-tailed sheep by Xu et al. implicates four genes as contributing to the fat-tail phenotype, complementing similar work from other laboratories. Read the paper here.

From a horse’s perspective, the horse rider is the literal burden of domestication. Riding puts additional and - more importantly - asymmetrical weight on the joints, which have been shaped by millions of years of rider-less evolution. Creating the ‘gaited’ horses by a mutation in the DMRT3 gene and thus developing the new locomotor ‘gears’ trot and pace preserve rider symmetry and prevent damage of the joints. The report of Staiger et al. presents evidence that all mutated DMRT3 genes have one common ancestor and that the mutation most likely occurred well after domestication. Subsequent studies may even indicate a place and time for this decisive event during the evolution of the domestic horse. Read the paper here.

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  1. Asian horses deepen the MSY phylogeny

    S. Felkel, C. Vogl, D. Rigler, V. Jagannathan, T. Leeb, R. Fries, M. Neuditschko, S. Rieder, B. Velie, G. Lindgren, C.-J. Rubin, C. Schlötterer, T. Rattei, G. Brem and B. Wallner

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12635

  2. Genetic relationships among Vietnamese local pigs investigated using genome-wide SNP markers

    S. Ishihara, A. Arakawa, M. Taniguchi, Q. M. Luu, D. L. Pham, B. V. Nguyen, S. Mikawa and K. Kikuchi

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12633

  3. Runs of homozygosity reveal genome-wide autozygosity in Italian sheep breeds

    S. Mastrangelo, E. Ciani, M. T. Sardina, G. Sottile, F. Pilla, B. Portolano and the Bi.Ov. Ita Consortium

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12634

  4. Novel KIT variants for dominant white in the Australian horse population

    Rhiarn Hoban, Kao Castle, Natasha Hamilton and Bianca Haase

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12627

  5. Solexa sequencing and custom microRNA chip reveal repertoire of microRNAs in mammary gland of bovine suffering from natural infectious mastitis

    Zhihua Ju, Qiang Jiang, Gang Liu, Xiuge Wang, Guojing Luo, Yan Zhang, Jibin Zhang, Jifeng Zhong and Jinming Huang

    Version of Record online: 8 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12628