Natural Selection and Origin of a Melanistic Allele in North American Gray Wolves.

@article{Schweizer2018NaturalSA,
  title={Natural Selection and Origin of a Melanistic Allele in North American Gray Wolves.},
  author={Rena M Schweizer and Arun Durvasula and Joel Smith and Samuel H. Vohr and Daniel R Stahler and Marco Galaverni and Olaf Thalmann and Douglas W. Smith and Ettore Randi and Elaine A. Ostrander and Richard E. Green and Kirk E. Lohmueller and John Novembre and Robert K Wayne},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2018},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={
          1190-1209
        }
}
Pigmentation is often used to understand how natural selection affects genetic variation in wild populations since it can have a simple genetic basis, and can affect a variety of fitness-related traits (e.g., camouflage, thermoregulation, and sexual display). In gray wolves, the K locus, a β-defensin gene, causes black coat color via a dominantly inherited KB allele. The allele is derived from dog-wolf hybridization and is at high frequency in North American wolf populations. We designed a DNA… CONTINUE READING
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