GO‐FAANG meeting: a Gathering On Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes

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Tuggle, Christopher
Giuffra, Elisabetta
White, Stephen
Clarke, Laura
Zhou, Huaijun
Ross, Pablo
Acloque, Herve
Archibald, Alan
Bellone, Rebecca
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Reecy, James
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Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science originally concerned itself with teaching the selection, breeding, feeding and care of livestock. Today it continues this study of the symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, with practical focuses on agribusiness, science, and animal management.

The Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1898. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Animal Science in 1962. The Department of Poultry Science was merged into the department in 1971.

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The Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) Consortium recently held a Gathering On FAANG (GO‐FAANG) Workshop in Washington, DC on October 7–8, 2015. This consortium is a grass‐roots organization formed to advance the annotation of newly assembled genomes of domesticated and non‐model organisms (www.faang.org). The workshop gathered together from around the world a group of 100+ genome scientists, administrators, representatives of funding agencies and commodity groups to discuss the latest advancements of the consortium, new perspectives, next steps and implementation plans. The workshop was streamed live and recorded, and all talks, along with speaker slide presentations, are available at www.faang.org. In this report, we describe the major activities and outcomes of this meeting. We also provide updates on ongoing efforts to implement discussions and decisions taken at GO‐FAANG to guide future FAANG activities. In summary, reference datasets are being established under pilot projects; plans for tissue sets, morphological classification and methods of sample collection for different tissues were organized; and core assays and data and meta‐data analysis standards were established.


This proceeding was published as Tuggle, Christopher K., Elisabetta Giuffra, Stephen N. White, Laura Clarke, Huaijun Zhou, Pablo J. Ross, Hervé Acloque et al. "GO‐FAANG meeting: a Gathering On Functional Annotation of A imal Genomes." Animal genetics 47, no. 5 (2016): 528-533. doi: 10.1111/age.12466.