Friday, April 1, 2011

Chickens for vampires?

Photograph courtesy University of Edinburgh The naked neck chicken—also dubbed the churkey or turken—has a chicken-like body but a turkey-like head atop a long, deep-red neck. The mutation first arose in domestic chickens in northern Romania hundreds of years ago. Scientists have cracked why the Transylvanian naked neck chicken has a featherless neck—and it isn't to give vampires easier access. The Transylvanian bird's naked neck results from a random genetic mutation that causes the overproduction of a feather-blocking molecule called BMP12, a new DNA study shows. Source

1 comment:

Doris Sturm said...

Poor things - they look pitiful!