Animal Genetics

Cover image for Vol. 49 Issue 1

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

Recently Published Issues

See all


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.

Read more Editor's Choice Papers here.

Recently Published Articles

  1. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated MSTN disruption and heritable mutagenesis in goats causes increased body mass (pages 43–51)

    X. Wang, Y. Niu, J. Zhou, H. Zhu, B. Ma, H. Yu, H. Yan, J. Hua, X. Huang, L. Qu and Y. Chen

    Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12626

  2. Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Salukis is caused by a single base pair insertion in CLN8 (pages 52–58)

    F. Lingaas, O-A. Guttersrud, E. Arnet and A. Espenes

    Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12629

  3. Genome-wide association analysis reveals the common genetic locus for both the typical and atypical polycerate phenotype in Tibetan sheep

    Xiaohong He, Shen Song, Xiaofei Chen, Tianzeng Song, Tenzin Lobsang, Weijun Guan, Yabin Pu, Qianjun Zhao, Lin Jiang and Yuehui Ma

    Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12644

  4. A targeted genotyping approach enhances identification of variants in taste receptor and appetite/reward genes of potential functional importance for obesity-related porcine traits

    S. Cirera, A. Clop, M. J. Jacobsen, M. Guerin, P. Lesnik, C. B. Jørgensen, M. Fredholm and P. Karlskov-Mortensen

    Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12641

  5. A splice site variant in the SUV39H2 gene in Greyhounds with nasal parakeratosis

    A. Bauer, J. Nimmo, R. Newman, M. Brunner, M. M. Welle, V. Jagannathan and T. Leeb

    Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/age.12643