Gerbil genetics for the beginner
Several of the existing genetics guides at eGerbil have now been updated with new information on both the old and new genes in circulation, and these pages have been redesigned with the beginner in mind. Each section has been taken from our existing genetics section and has been completely re-edited,updated, and compiled as an introduction into the basic concepts of gerbil genetics.
For anyone interested in the coat mutations of the Mongolian gerbil, our mutation timeline gives you accurate and up to date chronological information on each mutation since the gerbil was introduced as a pet, and the date when they were first discovered. Each section also gives you a potted history on each gene in question and also when it gained the interest of the scientific community.
To view the mutation timeline visit here
The second section has been taken from the Gerbil Genetics Learning Centre and discusses all the relevent coat colour genes in the gerbil and how they work. A locus (plural loci) is the specific location of a gene, and in this section it explains how each of these loci work to bring about changes in a gerbils coat colour.
The entire guide has been designed in flash format and allows the reader to explore how each gene mutation works and how it changes their coat colour just by pressing the various buttons available on each guide.
The third section introduces the novice to the primary coat colours of the Mongolian gerbil. This particular section, which also includes guides in flash format, discusses how each colour mutation changes the coat colour of an Agouti and also a Black (self) gerbil.
To visit this section and read more about the primary coat colours in the Mongolian gerbil visit here
Lastly, our easy to understand quick reference guide has been updated to also include two recent hair structure mutations. The guide tells you at a glance how each allele works and its current genetic symbol.
To visit the Gerbil Gene Glossary visit here