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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

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