A team of researchers at the University of Utah discovered a single gene that influences the wing pattern of pigeons and human blindness. Variations in the gene mentioned above decide which of the four different feather patterns a pigeon will develop. The genetic research on pigeon wing patterns revealed a link to humans living with blindness.
“The gene that we ended up finding associated with the wing patterns is pretty well studied in humans in the context of a hereditary disease that causes blindness," said Anna Vickrey, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah and the lead investigator of this new research.
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“New Study Finds Unexpected Connection Between Pigeon Feather Patterns And Human Blindness”