Tweaking Just a Few Genes Transforms Scales Into Feathers

Published May 23, 2023 by tindertender

Tweaking just a few genes ….. sounds like mRNA and crisper technology.

“Our results indicate that an evolutionary leap – from scales to feathers – does not require large changes in genome composition or expression,” Milinkovitch says.

“Instead, a transient change in expression of one gene, Shh, can produce a cascade of developmental events leading to the formation of feathers instead of scales.”

“You can turn someone into a friggen butterfly with the right DNA sequence.”

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