Centre for Integrative Genetics



CIGENE dives under the sheets

Nicola Barson, Simen Sandve and Torgeir Hvidsten publishes a popular science piece on sex and gender evolution in Aftenposten (

Caught some attention on the national radio too:


Two papers on “milk genetics”

Olsen HG, Knutsen TM, Kohler A, et al. Genome-wide association mapping for milk fat composition and fine mapping of a QTL for de novo synthesis of milk fatty acids on bovine chromosome 13. Genet Sel Evol. 2017. doi:10.1186/s12711-017-0294-5.

Ketto IA, Knutsen TM, Øyaas J, et al. Effects of milk protein polymorphism and composition, casein micelle size and salt distribution on the milk coagulation properties in Norwegian Red cattle. Int Dairy J. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.idairyj.2016.10.010.


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Cod genomics makes cover story in Molecular Ecology

Cover of Molecular Ecology, Volume 25, Issue 10, May 2016Tina Graceline Kirubakaran
Tina Graceline Kirubakaran at CIGENE made the front page of Molecular Ecology with her first paper as main author. She and her coauthors showed that Arctic and coastal cod are kept genomically different by two adjacent chromosomal inversions.

Kirubakaran et al (2016) Two adjacent inversions maintain genomic differentiation between migratory and stationary ecotypes of Atlantic cod. Molecular Ecology 25:2130-2143. doi:10.1111/mec.13592.

SalGENE Centre of Excellence proposal submitted!

Our SFF application for a Centre for Salmonid Genome Evolution and Adaptation (SalGENE) was submitted today, concluding a long writing spree by our excellent team of Principal Investigators and partners on four continents. A decision is expected near Christmas.

We are very happy with the submitted proposal, which if funded will establish an internationally leading centre that will perform groundbreaking research to significantly advance our understanding of genome evolution, adaptive divergence, and the genetic architecture of complex traits using salmonid fishes as a study system.

Centre for Salmonid Genome Evolution and Adaptation (SalGENE)

Host institution: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Centre Director: Prof. Sigbjørn Lien, NMBU

Principal Investigators (PIs):

Dr. Simen Rød Sandve, Dr. Nicola Jane Barson, Dr. Jon Olav Vik and Dr. Matthew Peter Kent, NMBU
Prof. Ben Koop, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Prof. Louis Bernatchez, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Continue reading “SalGENE Centre of Excellence proposal submitted!”

Salmon genome sequence published in Nature

Homeologous regions in the Atlantic salmon genome

Eighty million years ago, a mutant fish was born that turned out to be very successful. This mutant had a double set of hereditary material – 50 chromosomes instead of the usual 25 – and it became the ancestor of all the salmonid fishes. A lot has happened during the course of this speciation and diversification: chromosomes have split up and been jumbled around, and many gene duplicates have been lost. But even today, about half of salmon genes exist in two copies, possibly linked to the ecological flexibility of salmonids. The CIGENE team have driven the sequencing of the salmon genome from its inception to its recent publication in Nature. Continue reading “Salmon genome sequence published in Nature”

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SalGENE made it to Round 2 of SFF proposals!


SalGENE collaborative network

We are extremely pleased that our Centre of Excellence proposal was among 34 out of 150 that made it to Round 2, being invited to develop the 5-page outline from Round 1 into a full-blown application. The Centre for Salmonid Genome Evolution and Adaptation (SalGENE) will use salmonid fishes as a study system to advance our understanding of genome evolution and adaptation.

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