This, along with the discovery of two other mutations, has helped researchers to uncover not only what causes the spot pattern of the cheetah but stipes in house cats and other patterns found in felines around the world!
All photos and information from this post are from Wired Science about findings announced today in Science.
- “Specifying and Sustaining Pigmentation Patterns in Domestic and Wild Cats.” By Christopher B. Kaelin, Xiao Xu, Lewis Z. Hong, Victor A. David, Kelly A. McGowan, Anne Schmidt-Küntzel, Melody E. Roelke, Javier Pino, Joan Pontius, Gregory M. Cooper, Hermogenes Manuel, William F. Swanson, Laurie Marker, Cindy K. Harper, Ann van Dyk,0 Bisong Yue, James C. Mullikin, Wesley C. Warren, Eduardo Eizirik, Lidia Kos, Stephen J. O’Brien, Gregory S. Barsh, Marilyn Menotti-Raymond. Science, Vol. 337 No. 6101, Sept. 19, 2012