Influence of the Lethal Yellow (Ay) Gene on Estrous Synchrony in Mice

Science  01 Jul 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3731, pp. 79-80
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3731.79


Introduction of an adult male induces partially synchronous estrus in female laboratory mice that have been caged in groups. In the inbred YS/ChWf strain, this effect was observed only when the male was nonyellow (aa), while males heterozygous for the lethal yellow allele (Aya) failed to induce synchrony.