The genetic inheritance of the blue-eyed white phenotype in alpacas (Vicugna pacos).

Abstract

White-spotting patterns in mammals can be caused by mutations in the gene KIT, whose protein is necessary for the normal migration and survival of melanocytes from the neural crest. The alpaca (Vicugna pacos) blue-eyed white (BEW) phenotype is characterized by 2 blue eyes and a solid white coat over the whole body. Breeders hypothesize that the BEW… (More)
DOI: 10.1093/jhered/ess093

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