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Gerbil Mutation timeline has been revised & updated!

muttimepromo.jpg Have a look at the new revised gerbil mutation timeline and see how mutations in the gerbil gene pool have allowed breeders to create all the stunning coat colours we see in our pet gerbils today.  When the gerbil first became a household pet, no colour mutations existed, however since the animal has been kept in captivity many unusual coat mutations have arisen all of which helps our little furry friend remain one of the most attractive and sought after small animals when choosing a pet today.

eShows is launched!

eShows WebsiteWelcome to the I.G.S. Showcase!
The main venue for members virtual shows.  At this site our virtual show winners and results are featured. Throughout the year several shows will be announced, some will be fun competitions while others will be of a more serious nature, where recognised coat colour varieties will compete using the I.G.S.  virtual show rules and International coat colour standards. To visit the site and view the entries and winners of the eGerbil July Fun show, either click on the photo link to the left, or click here

Hope you enjoy your visit!

The Underwhite Gene, a new Mutation in the Mongolian Gerbil

Over the years it has been the mouse coat colour genes that have played a significant role in the understanding of the basic aspects of mammalian genetics. This holds true for the Underwhite locus which encodes for the MATP (membrane-associated transporter protein) protein, which has been used repeatedly as a coat colour marker in gene linkage and mapping studies. For many years, it was the phenotypic marker of choice for locating genes on chromosome 15....


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Has a new mutation lead to the identification of the G locus ?

In 1975, the Grey Agouti gerbil was first discovered in a London petshop, it later died out but a couple of years later it appeared again and is now very common in the UK and Europe, although in the USA it is still regarded as a fairly uncommon variety. The coat colour closely resembles the chinchilla mutation of the albino series of alleles (C locus) in mice and other domestic livestock. Research on the mutant showed that this wasn’t the case and in 1985 it led to the publication of this early research in the Journal of Heredity....



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