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During domestication processes, humans have shaped the characteristics of wild species in order to exploit them. The genetic mechanisms behind induced changes are still poorly understood to this day, including those that would explain the occurrence of similar traits in different domestic species. However, by comparing the genome changes observed during two independent domestication processes (goat and sheep), a European consortium led by French researchers from the University of Grenoble Alpes and the CNRS (Laboratory of Alpine Ecology - Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Univ. Savoie Mont-Blanc, CNRS), working in conjunction with CEA (1), has taken the first step towards characterising the genetic basis underpinning such changes that make up what we refer to as the ‘domestication syndrome’. This study was published in the March 6, 2018 issue of Nature Communications.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.