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Chromosomal Rearrangement Linked to Less Mobile Quails
The Scientist interviews evolutionary biologist Carles Vilà about how a large genomic inversion detected in common quails affects the birds’ physical characteristics and migratory behaviors.
ABOVE: CARLES VILA
Chromosomal Rearrangement Linked to Less Mobile Quails
Chromosomal Rearrangement Linked to Less Mobile Quails

The Scientist interviews evolutionary biologist Carles Vilà about how a large genomic inversion detected in common quails affects the birds’ physical characteristics and migratory behaviors.

The Scientist interviews evolutionary biologist Carles Vilà about how a large genomic inversion detected in common quails affects the birds’ physical characteristics and migratory behaviors.

ABOVE: CARLES VILA
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