The crazy tale of the Belgian Blue’s coat
From the Belgian Blue to the Brown Swiss and the Tibetan yak...
Some animals from the Brown Swiss breed also have the “lineback” phenotype. “We discovered that researchers from the University of Bern were working on the genetics of this breed’s coat and we contacted them so that we could collaborate with them. We wanted to check whether this phenotype resulted from the same genetic mechanism in the Brown Swiss”, Carole Charlier explains. Initially, this didn’t seem to be the case: “The analyses they had already initiated had allowed them to locate the region of the genome responsible for this phenotype in chromosome 6, in a region close to the KIT gene”, the scientist specifies. At first sight, these results were therefore incompatible with those found for the Belgian Blue.