Featured Blog: A New Subgroup of Honeybee

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Research recently published in BMC Genetics investigating the diversity and population of honey bees in the South West Indian Ocean Islands have revealed a new novel African subgroup unique to the region. More information about this exciting discovery can be found in this blog.

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Featured Article: The Cause of Albinism in a Capuchin Monkey

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Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA), a relatively rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder, results in a reduction or complete lack of melanin pigmentation in the eyes, hair and skin. Tyrosinase is an enzyme considered to have an important role in the synthesis of melanin pigment; the OCA phenotype may be caused by mutations in the tyrosinase gene (TYR). Here, researchers describe how they identified both the point mutation in the TYR gene responsible for causing OCA in a captive capuchin monkey and the monkey’s species.

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  • Federico Canzian, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
  • Roland Kölliker, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station
  • Li Ma, University of Maryland
  • Anna Malacrida, University of Pavia
  • Cesar Martins, UNESP - São Paulo State University
  • Michele Morgante, Universita' di Udine
  • James Reecy, Iowa State University
  • Pim van Hooft, Wageningen University
  • Rongling Wu, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shuhua Xu, (CAS-MPG) Partner Institute for Computational Biology

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