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Research on pigeon color reveals mutation hotspot
February 6, 2014
University of Texas (UT) at Arlington researchers, working in parallel with researchers at the University of Utah, examined three genes that control multiple color phenotypes, or appearances, in pigeons. The UT-Arlington team found two independent deletions of regulatory sequences near the Sox10 gene produce "recessive red" pigmentation. These mutations happened at different points in evolution, and researchers believe it is no coincidence they hit the same spot.
University of Texas at Arlington
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