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Cryptic Patterning of Avian Skin Confers a Developmental Facility for Loss of Neck Feathering

  • Chunyan Mou,

    Affiliation: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Frederique Pitel,

    Affiliation: UMR INRA/ENVT Laboratoire de Génétique Cellulaire, INRA, Castanet-Tolosan, France

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  • David Gourichon,

    Affiliation: INRA, UE1295 PEAT, Nouzilly, France

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  • Florence Vignoles,

    Affiliation: UMR INRA/ENVT Laboratoire de Génétique Cellulaire, INRA, Castanet-Tolosan, France

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  • Athanasia Tzika,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Natural and Artificial Evolution, Department of Zoology and Animal Biology, Sciences III, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Patricia Tato,

    Affiliation: Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Le Yu,

    Affiliation: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Dave W. Burt,

    Affiliation: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Bertrand Bed'hom,

    Affiliation: INRA, AgroParisTech, UMR1313 GABI, Jouy-en-Josas, France

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  • Michele Tixier-Boichard,

    Affiliation: INRA, AgroParisTech, UMR1313 GABI, Jouy-en-Josas, France

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  • Kevin J. Painter,

    Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Denis J. Headon mail

    denis.headon@roslin.ed.ac.uk

    Affiliation: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Published: March 15, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001028

About the Authors

Chunyan Mou, Le Yu, Dave W. Burt, Denis J. Headon
The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Frederique Pitel, Florence Vignoles
UMR INRA/ENVT Laboratoire de Génétique Cellulaire, INRA, Castanet-Tolosan, France
David Gourichon
INRA, UE1295 PEAT, Nouzilly, France
Athanasia Tzika
Laboratory of Natural and Artificial Evolution, Department of Zoology and Animal Biology, Sciences III, Geneva, Switzerland
Patricia Tato
Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Bertrand Bed'hom, Michele Tixier-Boichard
INRA, AgroParisTech, UMR1313 GABI, Jouy-en-Josas, France
Kevin J. Painter
Department of Mathematics and Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: denis.headon@roslin.ed.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: DJH KJP MTB FP. Performed the experiments: CM FP DG FV DJH. Analyzed the data: CM FP AT LY DWB BB MTB KJP DJH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PT LY. Wrote the paper: FP MTB BB KJP DJH.