All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Snowflake’

Albino Gorilla The Result Of Uncle, Niece Mating

An albino gorilla who lived for 40 years at a Barcelona zoo is the subject of a new study that traced his origins, and the results are surprising. Snowflake was famous up until his death in 2003 from skin cancer because of his extraordinary coloring; after being born in the wild, he was captured by Equatorial Guinea villagers and was …

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Albino Gorilla Was Inbred, Shows Study

A new study published in the journal BMC Genomics has found that famous albino gorilla Snowflake’s white hair was caused by inbreeding. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain have sequenced Snowflake’s genome and found that is albinism was caused by a mutation of the SLC45A2 gene. The same gene is …

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