BovReg

BovReg

Identification of functionally active genomic features relevant to phenotypic diversity and plasticity in cattle

Objective:

Despite the revolution in functional genome analysis a wide gap in understanding associations between the (epi)genome and complex phenotypes of interest currently remains and impedes efficient use of annotated genomes for precision breeding. The BovReg consortium will provide a comprehensive map of functionally active genomic features in cattle and how their (epi)genetic variation in beef and dairy breeds translates into phenotypes. This constitutes key knowledge for biology-driven genomic prediction needed by scientific and industry livestock communities. The BovReg brings together a critical mass of experts in ruminant research and beyond encompassing bioinformatics, molecular and quantitative genetics, animal breeding, reproductive physiology, ethics and social science. Our 20 partners from the EU, Canada and Australia form a global interdisciplinary team, which builds on previous and running national and EU-funded projects and many established industry cooperations. In BovReg we will generate functional genome data based on FAANG core assays from representative bovine tissues and newly established cell lines covering different ontological stages and phenotypes applying novel bioinformatic pipelines. We will establish detailed knowledge on traits related to robustness, health and biological efficiency in cattle. Data, knowledge and protocols will be deposited in European biological archives, aiming to set up and maintain a knowledge hub and establish gold standards. Long-term availability of data and targeted dissemination and communication activities are guaranteed by EMBL-EBI, FAANG and EAAP. Our biology-driven genomic prediction tools will integrate biological knowledge on regulatory genomic variation into genomic selection schemes for local and global cattle populations. This improved knowledge will be useful for re-focussing cattle production, fully taking into account societal awareness, environmental and animal-welfare aspects and bio-efficiency.

Link: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/223200/factsheet/en

It has happened again

It has happened again

It has happened again, no idea how and why, but still I haven’t updated the Blog now for a while. Many things have happened actually, though that shouldn’t be a reason not to write anything here, but – on the contrary – rather should be a reason to update the page. Hence, I do not know why I haven’t managed to keep the News and or the content updated. I’ll try again to improve it and keep the page a bit more alive.

I started with updating the Photo folders, actually, you do not see any differences right now, but I started to move the pictures from Flickr away and host them now here on this webspace, as flickr only allows 1000 free pictures and I reached already around 700. In that sense, it was better to use the own webspace, instead of going Pro with flickr.

But during tat transition, I’ll also update the albums and add the latest pictures to the webpage, this will be one of the major improvements in close future.

Something strange happened

Something strange happened

This morning something strange happened on my way to the office – I noticed a bright, shiny, yellowish thing on the sky! It was the first time this winter, that the sun was up before I arrived at the office. Finally it seems that the winter is going to be over ‘soon’.

Couple of updates in R-packages

Couple of updates in R-packages

During the last weeks I updated a couple of my R-packages. The main work went into the GenomicTools package, though it required also adjustments to the two packages GenomicTools.fileHandler and hoardeR.

The changes are mainly in user-friendliness and bugfixing to catch special cases of data inputs. If someone uses the packages and finds any other bugs or has suggestions for improvements, please drop me an email, or contact me via the corresponding GitHub project page of the packages.