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International Sheep Genomics Consortium

The sheep genome has been published in Science

  • The fully annotated genome (version 3.1) is available via
  • NCBI
  • UCSC

    Press releases about the sheep genome Science paper

  • CSIRO: What’s in the sheep genome? Wool see
  • AgResearch: Science discovery already returning millions to New Zealand sheep farming
  • Search the web for more news on sequencing the sheep genome

    To access reprints of the Science paper

  • Science paper reprints

    Recent video by ISGC members

  • With the publication of the sheep genome this site is under redevelopment. Come back soon for a full update.

    The International Sheep Genomics Consortium is a partnership of scientists and funding agencies from Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States to develop public genomic resources that will help researchers find genes associated with production, quality and disease traits in sheep.

    The project commenced informally in 2002 with the creation of a high quality ovine BAC library, and was built on an existing collaboration for the International Mapping Flock that was created nearly a decade earlier. This has continued with the creation of 50k and more recently a 600K SNP chips while also sequencing and annotating the sheep genome.

    texel genome flock