ALX1

ALX1

A gene on chromosome 12q21.31 that encodes a protein similar to one in rodents, which is required for survival of the forebrain mesenchyme; it may be involved in development of the cervix.

Molecular pathology
Mutations in the mouse homologue causes neural tube defects.
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The researchers found that blunt beaks are associated with a distinct form of a gene called ALX1.
The big effect that ALX1 alone has on beak shape is surprising because other complex traits, such as height, are controlled by many genes, each with a tiny influence, says Richard Gibbs, a geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
The researchers also uncovered evidence that the different forms of ALX1 may help birds adapt to their surroundings.