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Male mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos.. © Catherine MADZAC, MADZAK Catherine

Sequencing the duck genome

By Pascale Mollier, translated by Inge Laino
Updated on 10/17/2013
Published on 07/25/2013

After the chicken (2004), cow (2009), horse (2009) and pig (2012), here comes the duck genome! Sequencing is the first step toward deciphering this genome and understanding key characteristics for duck breeding.

The genome of the common duck (Anas platyrynchos) was sequenced in its entirety at the Beijing Genomics Institute in China, within the framework of an international project with the participation of INRA researchers.

The common duck is an important source of meat, eggs and feathers for the global economy. The species is used to produce the moulard duck, which represents over 90% of the foie-gras producing duck and geese sector. Moreover, there has been increasing interest in ducks in recent years, as the species is the foremost healthy carrier of bird flu.

The decreasing costs of high throughput sequencing has allowed scientists to focus on the duck genome. In the past, prohibitive costs had left it behind similar research on other genomes such as that of the cow or horse.

Sequencing is the first step toward deciphering this genome and understanding the characteristics that are important for duck breeding.

Contact(s)
Scientific contact(s):

Associated Division(s):
Animal Genetics
Associated Centre(s):
Occitanie-Toulouse
Associated Unit(s):
UMR0444 Cell Genetics Laboratory

Reference

Huang, The sequencing of the duck genome on the cover of Nature Genetics in July 2013.. © Nature Genetics
The sequencing of the duck genome on the cover of Nature Genetics in July 2013. © Nature Genetics
Y. et al. 2013. The duck genome and transcriptome provide insight into an avian influenza virus reservoir species, Nature Genetics 45,776–783. doi:10.1038/ng.2657