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Mutant Gene Gives Pigeons Fancy Hairdos
January 31, 2013
University of Utah researchers decoded the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon, unlocking secrets about pigeons' Middle Eastern origins, feral pigeons' kinship with escaped racing birds, and how mutations give pigeons traits like a fancy feather hairdo known as a head crest.
University of Utah
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