Agouti Yellow

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Agouti Yellow

A genotype in mice characterised by heterozygosity for the Agouti yellow allele (homozygosity is lethal), which is phenotypically characterised by yellow coats and the tendency towards obesity.
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The change of colour comes after the US was criticised for dropping parcels in yellow bags which could be confused with lethal yellow cluster bombs.
In 1993, scientists from the Howard Hughes Institute at Stanford University and in the Netherlands, and in a few months later a group at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, discovered the gene for an obesity mutation known as lethal yellow.