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Birds of a different color

February 6, 2014

English trumpeter pigeons Scientists at the University of Utah identified mutations in three key genes that determine feather color in domestic rock pigeons. The same genes control pigmentation of human skin, and mutations in them can be responsible for melanoma and albinism. Full Story

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