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Interaction of Just 2 Genes Governs Coloration Patterns in Mice
August 13, 2007
Biologists at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have found that a simple interaction between just two genes determines the patterns of fur coloration that camouflage mice against their background, protecting them from many predators. The work marks one of the few instances in which specific genetic changes have been linked to an organism's ability to survive in the wild.
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