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In this week's Nature Communications, a team of Chinese researchers presents a genomic analysis of ducks, identifying genes involved in body size and plumage color of the economically important Pekin duck. The investigators compared the genomes of 40 mallards, 36 indigenous-breed ducks, and 30 Pekin ducks, identifying signals of selections.

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