KRILL-OMICS AND WHAT IT IS USEFUL FOR

KRILL-OMICS AND WHAT IT IS USEFUL FOR

Simon Jarman (CIBIO-InBIO, Portugal) | June 15, 2017 | 3rd International Symposium on Krill, St Andrews, Scotland

Modern molecular biology has allowed many aspects of animal biology to be understood in great detail in some ‘model’ species that have mapped genomes and well characterised transcriptomes, epigenomes and proteomes. Over the past decade, it has become increasingly common to extend ‘-omics’ research to wild animal species. Krill are a classic ‘non-model’ organism with no close relatives that have a well characterised genome. The genomes of krill appear to be largely based on current evidence. Until recently there have been significant problems with genome mapping for very large genomes and no krill genome has been attempted. However, several technologies are now available that enable this. As well as the classic DNA sequence of the genome, modern genetic technologies enable analysis of a range of biomolecules from the epigenome, messenger RNA and proteins. These molecule types allow various questions about krill biology to be addressed in great detail. In this talk, I will outline what is known about krill genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and proteomics and what key questions in krill biology could be addressed with -omics technologies.

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