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Friday, October 03, 2014

Big Chickens


More evidence that common genetic variants can produce many standard deviations of change in average phenotype. Also, while wild chickens lay ~1 egg per month, modern agricultural types lay ~1 per day.

The study is described in more detail here. Thanks to Carl Shulman for the link.

See also Plenty of room at the top and sections 3.1 and 3.3 of On the genetic architecture of intelligence and other quantitative traits.

3 comments:

Endre Bakken Stovner said...

It'd be more interesting to know if there are any quant traits people have tried to breed for without succeeding.

gubbish said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfrShu_Lp2A
"That's a big chicken."

kurt9 said...

Great mambo chicken.

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