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White tiger's coat down to one gene change

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:01 PM

Chinese scientists have acquired new insights into how white tigers get their colouration.

The researchers have traced the cause to a single change in a gene known to drive pigmentation in a host of animals, including humans.

White tigers are a rare variant of the customary orange Bengal sub-species.

Today, they are found exclusively in captive programmes where the limited numbers are interbred to maintain the distinctive fur colour.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-22638341

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#2    JasonPollock

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

It's crazy how, not just in animals, but humans too, just one gene or the like can change so much....





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