Swimming in Unchartered Waters: Application of Functional Genomics in Aquaculture Studies
Chong, Alexander Shu-Chien, (2007) Swimming in Unchartered Waters: Application of Functional Genomics in Aquaculture Studies. In: Annual Conference of the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (32nd), 5-6 September 2007, Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya.
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Universiti Sains Malaysia. School of Biological Sciences
The complete sequencing of the whole genome of many organisms has created a vast wealth of genomic data which now need to be deciphered in terms of the function, regulation and interaction of genes and proteins. Understandably, the field of medical sciences was the first to benefit from this, as researchers race to elucidate the molecular mechanisms associated with diseases and genetically inherited maladies in order to develop cure and health strategies for the betterment of mankind. Aquaculture or the farming of aquatic organisms has its own fair share of research niche areas, covering a wide array of interests such as genetics, nutrition, diseases, physiology and many others. Unsurprisingly, functional genomics has now gained a strong foothold in several of these areas, in order to provide more in depth insights at the molecular and cellular levels. This presentation will illustrate several on going studies involving the use of proteomics and gene expression studies in fish nutrition, reproduction and development. The potency of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a vertebrate model system will also be highlighted here.
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