Genome Mapping and Genomics in Arthropods
by Wayne Hunter
Edition: Vol. 1, 2008
Serie: Genome Mapping and Genomics in Animals, 6 books.
The tide of genome mapping and genomics flooded all phyla of the animal kingdom and all taxa of the plant kingdom and most obviously the prokaryotes. In the animal systems, we already had the gene sequence for the CFTR protein in
humans in 1989; genome sequence of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans in 1998; genetic maps of many higher animals with map positions of genes and gene-clusters during the nineties.
All these achievements and endeavors culminated in the whole-genome sequence of the fruit-fly Drosophila, the garden pea of the animal system, in 2000 declaring a successful and pleasant ending of the genome science
efforts of the twentieth century. The new millennium in 2001 started with the publication of the draft sequence of the human genome on February 15th by The International Human GenomeMapping Consortium and on February 16th by The Celera Genomics Sequencing Team. We, therefore, planned for this series on Genome Mapping and Genomics in
Animals with six book volumes dedicated to Food and Fiber Animals; Wildlife and Companion Animals; Fishes and Aquatic Animals; Arthropods; Laboratory Animals; andHuman andNon-human Primates.We have included chapters on the species for which substantial results have been obtained so far. Genomes of many of these species have been sequenced or are awaiting completion of sequencing soon. Overview on the contents of these volumes will be presented in the prefaces of the individual volumes.
Insects and other arthropods, the largest group of animals in number of species, have global impact on agriculture, industry, human health and environment. They are of particular economic importance for food production as pollinators, for natural products like silk and also as pests and parasites. Arthropods covered in this volume include honeybee, bumblebee, the parasitic Jewel Wasp, silkworm, pea aphid, mosquito, Hessian fly and tick.
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