Journal article

Mining insect genomes for functionally affiliated genes

Caitlyn Perry, Jack Scanlan, Charles Robin

CURRENT OPINION IN INSECT SCIENCE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Several hundred insect genome assemblies are already publicly available, and this total grows on a weekly basis. A major challenge now confronting insect science is how best to use genomic data to improve our understanding of insect biology. We consider a framework for genome analysis based on functional affiliation, that is, groups of genes involved in the same biological process or pathway, and explore how such an approach furthers our understanding of several aspects of insect phenotype. We anticipate that this approach will prove useful for future research across the breadth of insect studies, whatever organism or trait it involves.