Development of genomic resources in support of sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the catfish genome

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Major progress has been made in catfish genomics including construction of high-density genetic linkage maps, BAC-based physical maps, and integration of genetic linkage and physical maps. Large numbers of ESTs have been generated from both channel catfish and blue catfish. Microarray platforms have been developed for the analysis of genome expression. Genome repeat structures are studied, laying grounds for whole genome sequencing. USDA recently approved funding of the whole genome sequencing project of catfish using the next generation sequencing technologies. Generation of the whole genome sequence is a historical landmark of catfish research as it opens the real first step of the long march toward genetic enhancement. The research community needs to be focused on aquaculture performance and production traits, take advantage of the unprecedented genome information and technology, and make real progress toward genetic improvements of aquaculture brood stocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D: Genomics and Proteomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Catfish
  • EST
  • Fish
  • Genome
  • Linkage map
  • Marker
  • Physical map

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology

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