pattern gene

pattern gene

[′pad·ərn ‚jēn]
(genetics)
A gene involved in the establishment of a particular pattern during cell differentiation.
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The data also show that vision and colour pattern genes remain coupled despite the fact that they are located on three different chromosomes and that species still interbreed.
"What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective color pattern genes ready-made from a different species by interbreeding with it--a much faster process than having to evolve one's color patterns from scratch," divulges coauthor Kanchon Dasmabapatra, a postdoctoral researcher at University College London.