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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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.