Project Number: 8042-31000-104-22
Start Date: Oct 01, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2016
ARS scientists will implement a recently developed BS-seq protocol to provide genome-wide methylome map at a single nucleotide resolution. They will validate selected DNA methylations using targeted PCR-Sanger sequencing and the combined bisulfite restriction (CORBA) assay. Then they will study functional impacts of DMRs on genomic features including functional genes, control elements and common repeats and their associations with reproduction traits. Specifically, they will customize and optimize the existing human experimental and computational technologies to improve BS-seq data quality, to account for the draft nature of current cattle genome assemblies and to utilize the complex structure of cattle pedigrees.