Red canary

Red canary

one carrying the red factor gene.
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Even for one less interested in the particulars of songbird breeding, this novel provides a great background to the rise of genetics and the famous nature versus nurture debate, while immersing the reader in the geopolitical context surrounding the race to create the red canary.
The two Germans began to work together and blended Duncker's expertise in genetics with Reich's knowledge of birds to try to create another odd bird: a red canary.