About the Authors

Rami A. Dalloul, Sungwon Kim, Audrey P. McElroy, Edward J. Smith
Avian Immunobiology Laboratory, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Julie A. Long, Le Ann Blomberg
Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, United States of America

Aleksey V. Zimin, Guillaume Marcais, James A. Yorke
Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States of America

Luqman Aslam, Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans, Martien A. M. Groenen, Hendrik-Jan Megens
Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Kathryn Beal, Paul Flicek, Javier Herrero, Albert J. Vilella
European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Pascal Bouffard, Karin M. Frederickson, Tim T. Harkins
Roche Applied Science, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

David W. Burt, Ian R. Paton, Jacqueline Smith
The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, United Kingdom

Oswald Crasta, Kristal Cooper, Clive Evans, Otto Folkerts, Shrinivasrao Mane, Thero Modise, Kelly P. Williams
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Oswald Crasta, Otto Folkerts
Chromatin Inc., Champaign, Illinois, United States of America

Roger A. Coulombe
Department of Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Supriyo De
Gene Expression and Genomics Unit, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Mary E. Delany, Andrew Jiang
Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, California, United States of America

Jerry B. Dodgson, William S. Payne
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Jennifer J. Dong, Mi-Kyung Lee, Chantel Scheuring, Hong-Bin Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Yang Zhang
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

Liliana Florea, Geo Pertea, Daniela Puiu
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States of America

Steve Hoffmann, David Langenberger, Manja Marz, Peter F. Stadler, Hakim Tafer
Department of Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Steve Hoffmann
LIFE Project, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Pieter de Jong, Mikhail Nefedov
Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, Oakland, California, United States of America

Pete Kaiser, Dennis Prickett
Institute for Animal Health, Compton, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Heebal Kim, Kyu-Won Kim, Taeheon Lee
Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Population Genetics, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Manja Marz
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Pharmazeutische Chemie, Marburg, Germany

Cédric Notredame, Emanuele Raineri
Comparative Bioinformatics, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Universitat Pompeus Fabre, Barcelona, Spain

Dan Qioa, Liqing Zhang
Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Magali Ruffier, Stephen M. J. Searle
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Steven L. Salzberg, Michael C. Schatz
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States of America

Carl J. Schmidt
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, United States of America

Steven Schroeder, Tad S. Sonstegard, Curtis P. Van Tassell
Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland, United States of America

Peter F. Stadler
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Peter F. Stadler
Fraunhofer Institut für Zelltherapie und Immunologie, Leipzig, Germany

Peter F. Stadler, Hakim Tafer
Department of Theoretical Chemistry University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Peter F. Stadler
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

Zhijian (Jake) Tu
Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Curtis P. Van Tassell
Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland, United States of America

Kent M. Reed
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Corresponding Author

reedx054@umn.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: RD AVZ DWB RAC MD JD OF MG SLS SS EJS CPVT HBZ KMR. Performed the experiments: LAB OC RC KC SD JJD CE TTH AJ SPM WSP CS SGS TS XZ YZ. Analyzed the data: AVZ LA KB RC RAC PF LF JH SH HJM PK HK KWK SK DL MKL TL GM MM APM TM CN IRP GP DP DP DQ ER MR MCS CS SS JS PFS HT ZT AJV KPW JAY LZ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PJdJ MN KMR. Wrote the paper: RD JAL AVZ DWB JD HT JH SS CS ZT KPW LZ MG KMR.