A new mutant gene,anophthalmic white, is described for the Syrian hamster. The gene is inherited as a dominant to normal and, when homozygous, produces a characteristic syndrome of achromia and anophthalmia or microphthalmia. The heterozygote possesses white belly fur (instead of cream), a fine sprinkling of white hairs in the adult coat and a diminution of eye pigmentation. An occasional heterozygote may possess a small patch of unpigmented fur on the head or body. The new mutant does not appear to be linked with the gene forcream coat colour nor that forpiebald spotting. The significance of homologous mutants, with the above syndrome, in the mouse and hamster is briefly discussed.
KeywordsMutant Gene Genetic Study Small Patch Coat Colour Syrian Hamster
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