Inheritance and population structure of the white-phased “Kermode” black bear

@article{Ritland2001InheritanceAP,
  title={Inheritance and population structure of the white-phased “Kermode” black bear},
  author={K. Ritland and C. Newton and H. Marshall},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={11},
  pages={1468-1472}
}
We report that a single nucleotide replacement in the melanocortin 1 receptor gene [1] (mc1r) is responsible for the white coat color of the "Kermode" bear [2], a color phase of the black bear (Ursus americanus Pallus) found in the rainforests along the north coast of British Columbia. In a sample of 220 bears, of which 22 were white, there was complete association of a recessive Tyr-to-Cys replacement at codon 298 with the white phase. This variant has not been yet been reported in other… Expand

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