WEB TEXT: Coats of Many Colors

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Science  26 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5666, pp. 1951
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5666.1951c

Besides plain white, lab mice come in many stylish hues—lethal yellow, black-and-tan, nonagouti sombre, and varitint-waddler, to name a few. The Coat Colors of Mice, by geneticist Willys Silvers, is a standard reference on the inheritance of this characteristic, which involves more than 50 genes. Published in 1979 but out of print for years, the book is available online at this site from the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Although it predates the mouse genome project, the text is still useful for everyone from animal breeders to students studying gene interactions, to researchers seeking background data about coat color genetics. Links lead to gene sequence info in the lab's Mouse Genome Informatics database.


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