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International Goat Genome Consortium (IGGC)



The mission of the International Goat Genome Consortium (IGGC) is to increase the genomic tools and information publically available for the goat species.  The consortium will collaborate on research and contribute funding, when possible, to accomplish the common goals of the members of the consortium.  The consortium membership will be open to any individuals interested in goat genome research to ensure that the tools developed will be applicable to a diverse research base.


About the IGGC:

The International Goat Genome Consortium (IGGC) was created in March 2010 in Shenzhen and is coordinated by Professor Wen Wang, Zhang Wenguang (China) and Gwenola Tosser-Klopp (France): The initial activity of the consortium has focussed on coordination in three areas, the results of which should benefit the planned activity in 3SR, namely: de novo goat genome assembly and resequencing; development of a Goat Radiation Hybrid Panel and Mapping; and production of a high-density SNP chip.

Assembly of the goat genome is now underway in the Beijing Genome Institute (BGI). The average depth of sequencing is around 60X and optical mapping has been used to increase the scaffold size. Collection of samples for resequencing from around the world is now underway and once completed may provide information on domestication events.

The radiation hybrid mapping project has completed its first round which will be published soon. This project is the result of a collaboration between HZAU, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Texas A&M.

SNP data from different international projects are currently being collated by INRA with the aim of developing a 50K SNP chip for goats. The first chip order deadline is 1st September 2011. If you are interested in taking part, more details can be found at:


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