Uncovering genetic admixture patterns in cattle
What type of foreign genetic elements can improve domestic species? This is the question tabled by the EU-funded BOSADMIX project. Focusing on Bos, the genus of wild and domestic cattle, it will investigate the evolutionary dynamics of genetic elements that cross the species barrier. It will do so by checking the interplay between admixture and selection occurring during the domestication process, hence providing important comparative insights into domestication itself. The project will bring together a large set of complete genomes and use a combination of population genetic and comparative genomic methods. One main goal of the project is to systematically map the interspecies admixture among seven Asian Bos species, and determine whether introgressed elements benefit recipient populations.
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