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Albino gorilla inbred, according to genome

| | June 18, 2013

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Snowflake was a male Western lowland gorilla. He was born in the wild and captured in 1966 by villagers in Equatorial Guinea. As the only known white gorilla in the world, Snowflake was a zoo celebrity until his death of skin cancer in 2003.

A few studies had attempted to get to the bottom of what caused Snowflake’s color-free complexion, but the exact genetic mutation had never been found. Now, Spanish researchers have sequenced the gorilla’s entire genome, revealing that Snowflake was probably the offspring of a pairing between an uncle and a niece.

Read the full story here: Snowflake the Albino Gorilla Was Inbred

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