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Tiny DNA tweaks made snakes legless [Science]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Sometimes, a genetic tweak can make a really big difference in an animal’s appearance. That’s what likely happened when the predecessors of modern snakes lost their legs, a process that started some 150 million years ago, two separate groups of scientists have discovered. Although the teams took very different approaches to solve the mystery of how those limbs vanished, both came up with similar results : Mutations in DNA located near a gene key to limb formation keep that gene from ever turning on, they report today.

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