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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: February 2021

11 - The Siamese Cat

from Part IV - Cats


The abnormal animal featured here is the Siamese cat, whose color pattern is due to a mutation in the tyrosinase gene, which makes the tyrosinase protein sensitive to temperature. We talk about how some species use temperature to dictate their coloration and how this can happen developmentally.

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