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Mol Ecol. 2008 Aug;17(16):3583-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03854.x. Epub 2008 Jul 3.

Population genomics: a new generation of genome scans to bridge the gap with functional genomics.

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Biology Department, Indiana University, 1001 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47401, USA.


Population genomics is an increasingly popular approach to investigate the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation at the genome scale. However, it has so far largely failed to go beyond the mere identification of anonymous markers displaying selection signatures. Will population genomics ever be up to our expectations and able to really pinpoint genes underlying adaptation and speciation processes? In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Namroud et al. use population genomics to investigate local adaptation in natural populations of a conifer tree, the white spruce (Picea glauca). They show how population and functional genomics can finally converge with the deployment of the next generation of genome scans, which target gene-rich regions rather than the whole genome.

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