Mammalian sociogenomicsThe socially monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) has emerged as one of the preeminent animal models for elucidating the genetic and neurobiological mechanisms governing complex social behavior. Full genome sequence as well as other genomic tools will ensure that the prairie vole maintains it current trajectory to become one of the most powerful animal models for basic and translational research with direct implications for human mental health.
Genomics Initiative News4/1/2009: Quicktime recordings of the talks from the 2009 Vole Meeting are beginning to be made available online. Click here to see the list on the CBN website, which currently includes Lowell Getz's keynote speech.
2/28/2009: The Vole Meeting 2009 successfully brought together a broad cross-disciplinary group of researchers, from behavioral ecology and evolution to behavioral neuroscience and genetics. Video recordings of all the talks will soon be available. Thanks to all involved and we hope to bring everyone together again in the future.
2/10/2009: Last July, a white paper proposal was submitted on behalf of the vole research community to convince NHGRI to generate a draft assembly of the prairie vole genome. This proposal has been officially approved and prairie voles have been added to the list of approved NHGRI sequencing targets. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this important project!
9/6/2012: The prairie vole genome has now been sequenced by the Broad Institute and will be released to the public by NCBI in the near future
>The following genomic resources are currently being developed for the scientific community: