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An -omics Perspective on Marine Invertebrate Larvae

Edited by Elizabeth A. Williams and Tyler J. Carrier

in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

Published in print December 2017 | ISBN: 9780198786962
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191829086 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198786962.003.0019
An -omics Perspective on Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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The diverse phenotypes exhibited by marine invertebrate larvae are the result of complex gene-environment interactions. Recently, technological advances in molecular biology have enabled large-scale -omics approaches, which can provide a global overview of the molecular mechanisms that shape the larval genotype-phenotype landscape. -omics approaches are facilitating our understanding of larval development and life history evolution, larval response to environmental stress, the larval microbiome, larval physiology and feeding, and larval behavior. These large-scale molecular approaches are even more effective when combined with large-scale environmental monitoring and phenotypic measurements. Current -omics approaches to studying larvae can be improved by the addition of functional genetic analyses and the reporting of natural variation in gene expression between individuals and populations. Systems-level approaches that combine multiple -omics techniques will allow us to explore in fine detail the interactions of environmental and genotypic influences on larval phenotype.

Keywords: genomics; transcriptomics; proteomics; metabolomics; lipidomics; connectomics; microbiome; marine invertebrate larvae

Chapter.  10606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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