lustre sheep with researchers AgResearch New Zealand.

Study of mutant sheep provides new opportunities

Naturally "mutant" sheep have straight wool fibers, which may lead to innovative new wool products and better understanding of human hair.

Research into “mutant” sheep has AgResearch New Zealand scientists eyeing a greater understanding of what makes human hair curly or straight and the potential to develop innovative new wool products.

Commonly known as Felting Lustre mutants, these sheep are rare and share the trait of naturally occurring straight wool instead of the usual crimped wool.

“With these mutant sheep, we can, for example, look at twin lambs where one has straight wool and another cr

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