About this Research Topic
Sheep and goat are valuable farm animals that provide meat, milk, and fiber for people's daily lives. Most of these traits are quantitative and controlled by multiple genes and environments. Elucidating the genetic and epigenetic mechanism of these economic traits is very important to understand how a trait comes into being. However, it is difficult and time-consuming work. The development of biotechnology and sequencing technology has accelerated the process of finding functional genes, which is beneficial to improving economic traits of sheep and goat production.
The objective of this Research Topic is to explore genes that involved in controlling economically important traits of sheep and goat, including exploration of major or multiple gene functions and how they can be used in the near future to improve sheep and goat production. In this collection, we aim to highlight the usage of gene editing, gene markers, high-throughput sequencing, and other technologies to explore genes and their function related to sheep and goat economic traits. We welcome Original Research articles, Brief Research Reports, and Reviews covering (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Identify new members of gene families related to wool traits;
• Functional gene variation affecting phenotype;
• Identification of gene function;
• Gene regulatory network;
• Gene expression regulation;
• Epigenetic regulation
Keywords: sheep, goat, gene, function, economic traits
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