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CIBIO-INBIO Research is on the cover of SCIENCE magazine

CIBIO-INBIO Research is on the cover of SCIENCE magazine
For the first time a study led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers is on the cover of Science magazine and has featured greatly in the media.

In an article published by the prestigious journal, Science, a team led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers Miguel Carneiro, Ricardo Lopes, Pedro Araújo, Małgorzata Gazda, Pedro Andrade, Sandra Trigo, Cristiana Marques, Paulo Pereira and Sandra Afonso reveals how changes in the expression of a single gene can generate dramatic differences in coloration between male and female birds.

In this study, the scientists found a single strongly divergent region in the DNA of a mosaic canary compared to other canary breeds. In this divergent region of the genome, there is a gene responsible for the differences in plumage coloration between males and females.
The results of the study also have revealed that this gene acts in the same way in other bird species of the same family, suggesting that it may be a common mechanism for sexual dichromatism in birds.

This relevant study was highlighted on the cover of the journal Science and was featured in national and international newspapers.

To see some examples of this news please click on the links below:

"Descoberta científica da Universidade do Porto sobre aves é capa da revista Science” | RTP Notícias | June 11, 2020
"O que explica a diferença de cores entre as aves macho e fêmea? Investigação portuguesa é capa da Science” | Público | June 11, 2020
"Descoberta de portugueses sobre coloração das aves faz capa da Science” | Jornal de Notícias | June 11, 2020
"Porque é que as aves macho têm cores mais fortes do que as fêmeas? Portugueses descobriram e são capa da Science” | Expresso | June 11, 2020
"Capa da Science é portuguesa. Estudo sobre aves explica porque é que machos e fêmeas têm cores diferentes” | Observador | June 11, 2020
"Investigação do CIBIO-InBIO faz capa da Science” | Notícias UP | June 11, 2020
"A genetic mechanism for sexual dichromatism in birds | Todays News Post | June 11, 2020
"Single enzyme responsible for gender-based plumage color differences in canaries” | PHYS.ORG | June 12, 2020

To read the national press release for this study, please click here.

To access the original article, please click here.

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