Call for submissions to the ”Marine Genomics”

Development, Growth & Differentiation (DGD) invites you to submit review and original papers to our special issue, Marine Genomics.

This special issue aims to introduce the accumulation of genomic and transcriptomic information on marine organisms in the last several years, along with the progress of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics. Another purpose is to introduce the interesting data that have been produced by biological researches using such genomic and transcriptomic datasets. In addition to invited review articles, we welcome submissions of review and original papers from researchers who are analyzing genomic and transcriptomic data of marine organisms and/or those conducting experiments using such big data. For more information on the aim and scope for this Marine Genomics issue, please see the preface below.

If you would like to discuss about this issue and your submission, please contact yag@shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp.

Submission deadline: 31 August 2021.

Best regards,
Shunsuke Yaguchi, Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba Guest Editor for the special issue Hiroshi Wada, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Editor in DGD

Preface for the Special issue of Development, Growth & Differentiation:

Marine genomics, transcriptomics, and beyond in developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology.

Marine organisms have provided us biological knowledge as superior materials in life science fields. For example in developmental biology, the countless gametes of sea urchins and the synchronous development of their embryos helped the scientists in finding the cell-cycle specific protein, cyclin (Evans et al., 1983). In neuroscience as another example, sea slugs provided the evidence of the sophisticated neural circuit for memory (Kandel, 1976, 2001). Although these prominent contributions of marine organisms to “traditional” sciences, they have not been so popular in “modern” biology using molecular biological and/or genetics techniques because of the lack of genomic information and in-house breeding system for most of these species. However, recent incredible advances of DNA-sequencing and bioinformatics technologies enable us to overcome the disadvantage of marine organisms as biological models. Since the life was born in the ocean and marine o rganisms include almost all major clades of phylogenic trees, the continuous studies of marine organisms with their big data including DNA-sequencing will take us to understand the natural history of life on the earth. In fact, after the publications of the genomes of a sea squirt and a sea urchin at the beginning of this century (Dehal et al., 2003; Sodergren et al., 2006), the genomes and transcriptomes of other marine species are accumulating and then new technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing and whole-body single-cell transcriptome, start to be applied to their researches (Chari et al., 2021; Hall et al., 2017; Kinjo et al., 2018; Ochiai et al., 2012; Simakov et al., 2015; Yaguchi et al., 2020). These combinations suggest that the genomic and transcriptomic data can be a strong supporter even for minor marine organisms in biological fields, such as developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology.

In this special issue of Development, Growth & Differentiation (DGD), we invite review and original articles from the young researchers who are investigating the mysteries of marine organisms, such as how their body axes are established or how they are adapted to live in the wide range of oceans, in the viewpoints of developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology. In particular, the authors in this issue have made efforts to read whole-genome and/or transcriptome sequencing of new model marine organisms and tried to utilize them to reveal their developmental, evolutionary, and lifestyle mysteries. We have now invited 5 groups using marine invertebrates and confirmed that they contribute to this issue with review and original papers (Morino group from University of Tsukuba [limpet; Nipponacmea fuscoviridis, chiton; Acanthochitona Achates, and blue coral-worm; Spirobranchus kraussii], Miyamoto group from JAMSTEC [vent shrimp; Rimicaris hybisae], Onuma group from Osaka University
[larvacean; Oikopleura dioica], Watanabe group from OIST [starlet sea anemone; Nematostella vectensis], and Yaguchi group from University of Tsukuba [sea urchin; Temnopleurus reevesii]). Finally, we also invite reviews from the established/senior scientists who are familiar with marine organisms and their evolution. These reviews discuss about the contributions and possibilities of big sequencing data of marine organisms in understanding how developmental mechanisms, which allow those organisms to live in the ocean with covering the all phylogenic groups, has been conserved and/or diversified during evolution.

1) Deadline for submission: August 31, 2021.
2) Deadline for Production Center: December 24, 2021
3) Publication in the first issue in January, 2022.

Guest editors for the Special Issue "Marine genomics" in DGD:
Shunsuke Yaguchi, Ph.D.
(Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba)
Hiroshi Wada, Ph.D.
(Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba)