Semi-Dominant Lethal Spotting in the Mongolian Gerbil
Read about the new spotting gene that first appeared in the Czech Republic and nearby countries around 2000, and despite its known health problems it has since migrated to virtually everywhere in Europe and is now appearing in pet shops around the U.K. The articles deals with this spotting gene in depth and includes breeding studies,health data and the subsequent identification of the gene.
In 2008, a thread started on the eGerbil forum telling members that Pets@Home petshop chains were then selling what looked like Extreme White and White paws gerbils at a few of their outlets. To explain further, White paws gerbils are carrying a single dominant lethal spotting gene, so in effect this type of lethal spotting is said to be in its heterozygous state, if it were homozygous...
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