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Pigeons' prominent plumage traces to one gene

Mutation appears to have arisen once and then spread through breeding

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2:00pm, January 31, 2013

A change in a single gene ruffles the feathers of all pigeons with collars and crests, a new study shows.

Many breeds of rock pigeons have these crests, even though they come from different branches of the pigeon family tree. So it was a surprise that all the birds owe their fancy plumage to the same mutation in a

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