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Establishing methods for gene function studies in emerging model organisms – a brief guide


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Gregor BucherGeorg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 August 2024


Frontiers in Zoology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Establishing methods for gene function studies in emerging model organisms – a brief guide.

Technology has emerged that allows studying gene expression and function in many more organisms than before. Hence, new model organisms can be established thereby broadening the field of questions that can be asked in terms of gene function. However, establishing a functional genetics technique may be out of the comfort zone of respective researchers and a lot of usually non-published knowledge is required for pursuing a promising approach. 

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Frontiers in Zoology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Establishing methods for gene function studies in emerging model organisms – a brief guide.

Technology has emerged that allows studying gene expression and function in many more organisms than before. Hence, new model organisms can be established thereby broadening the field of questions that can be asked in terms of gene function. However, establishing a functional genetics technique may be out of the comfort zone of respective researchers and a lot of usually non-published knowledge is required for pursuing a promising approach.

The paper collection “Establishing methods for gene function studies in emerging model organisms” tries to facilitate such endeavors by providing novices with a simple and brief overview on the considerations and procedures that are required for the realization of a proof of principle experiment.

The target audience are researchers working on emerging model organisms, who wish to establish the respective technique because they see the potential but have no experience with that method so far.



  1. RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a powerful tool for knocking-down gene function in diverse taxa including arthropods for both basic biological research and application in pest control. The conservation ...

    Authors: Sonja Mehlhorn, Vera S. Hunnekuhl, Sven Geibel, Ralf Nauen and Gregor Bucher
    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2021 18:60

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