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A single gene, doublesex, controls wing mimicry in butterflies
March 5, 2014
A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists at the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects.
University of Chicago Medical Center
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