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All Patterns Great and Small

Researchers uncover the origins of creatures’ stripes and spots

1:50pm, July 2, 2010

How the leopard got its spots and the zebra its stripes might not be just-so stories much longer. Biologists are beginning to pinpoint the molecular mechanisms animals use to deck themselves out with colorful swirls, stripes, spots and dots.

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