Mobilising molluscan models and genomes in biology

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Authors

Angus Davison, Maurine Neiman

Abstract

Molluscs are amongst the most ancient, diverse, and important of all animal taxa. Even so, no individual mollusc species has emerged as a broadly applied model system in biology. We here make the case that both perceptual and methodological barriers have played a role in the relative neglect of molluscs as research organisms. We then summarize the current application and potential of molluscs and their genomes to address important questions in animal biology, and the state of the field when it comes to the availability of resources such as genome assemblies, cell lines, and other key elements necessary to mobilising the development of molluscan model systems. We conclude by contending that a cohesive research community that works together to elevate multiple molluscan systems to ‘model’ status will create new opportunities in addressing basic and applied biological problems, including general features of animal evolution.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/v2fjs

Subjects

Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Laboratory and Basic Science Research Life Sciences, Life Sciences

Keywords

CRISPR, genome, molluscs, mollusk

Dates

Published: 2020-11-25 07:23

Last Updated: 2020-11-25 21:36

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