News From the Field
Variations of a single gene drive diverse pigeon feather patterns
July 17, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.In a new study, a team led by University of Utah biologists has discovered that different versions of a single gene, called Norrie Disease Protein, have unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. These gene variations were likely bred into pigeons by humans from a different pigeon species and are now evolutionarily advantageous in wild populations of feral pigeons living in urban environments. Full Story
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