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CIGENE member wins NMBU research award

CIGENE researcher Simen Sandve wins the NMBU research award 2017. Congrats!



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Two new papers accepted in Genome Biology and Nature Genetics

CIGENE researchers have contributed to two new papers on genome evolution after whole genome duplication, one published in Genome biology and one accepted for publication in Nature Genetics!

Congrats Fabian, Sigbjørn, Torgeir, and Simen!




New pre-print out on bioRxiv! (doi:

A pre-print of our new paper “Diet And Life Stage Associated Remodeling Of Lipid Metabolism Regulation In The Duplicated Atlantic Salmon Genome” is out on bioRxiv.

Congrats to Gareth and Tom for a fantastic job on this!

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.

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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