A bioinformatics workflow for detecting signatures of selection in genomic data

Academic Article


  • The detection of "signatures of selection" is now possible on a genome-wide scale in many plant and animal species, and can be performed in a population-specific manner due to the wealth of per-population genome-wide genotype data that is available. With genomic regions that exhibit evidence of having been under selection shown to also be enriched for genes associated with biologically important traits, detection of evidence of selective pressure is emerging as an additional approach for identifying novel gene-trait associations. While high-density genotype data is now relatively easy to obtain, for many researchers it is not immediately obvious how to go about identifying signatures of selection in these data sets. Here we describe a basic workflow, constructed from open source tools, for detecting and examining evidence of selection in genomic data. Code to install and implement the pipeline components, and instructions to run a basic analysis using the workflow described here, can be downloaded from our public GitHub repository. © 2014 Cadzow, Boocock, Nguyen, Wilcox, Merriman and Black.
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  • 22362622
  • Author List

  • Cadzow M; Boocock J; Nguyen HT; Wilcox P; Merriman TR; Black MA
  • Volume

  • 5
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  • AUG