Integrating selection mapping with genetic mapping and functional genomics

Martin Johnsson

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Genomic scans for signatures of selection allow us to, in principle, detect variants and genes that underlie recent adaptations. By combining selection mapping with genetic mapping of traits known to be relevant to adaptation, we can simultaneously investigate whether genes and variants show signals of recent selection and whether they impact traits that have likely been selected. There are three ways to integrate selection mapping with genetic mapping or functional genomics: (1) To use genetic mapping data from other populations as a form of genome annotation. (2) To perform experimental evolution or artificial selection to be able to study selected variants when they segregate, either by performing genetic mapping before selection or by crossing the selected individuals to some reference population. (3) To perform a comparative study of related populations facing different selection regimes. This short review discusses these different ways of integrating selection mapping with genetic mapping and functional genomics, with examples of how each has been done.
Original languageEnglish
Article number603
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in genetics
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018


  • selection mapping
  • genetic mapping
  • adaptation
  • selective sweep
  • population genomics


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