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Scientists discover the gene that codes for the gold coloration of Midas cichlids

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All he touched turned to gold, according to the legend of King Midas from Greek mythology.

All Midas cichlids from Central America start out life as black-and-white striped fish and then some of them gradually lose their black colouration and turn bright gold. Behind the "golden touch" in this case is not the Greek god Dionysus, but a heretofore unknown gene.

A team of scientists led by Konstanz biologist Professor Axel Meyer has now published the discovery and characterization of the gene in the journal Nature Communications, along with a description of variants that might cause the color polymorphism in these fish.



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