Evolutionary developmental biology

Evolutionary developmental biology is the comparative study of organismal development and how it has evolved. There is a particular focus on the genetic basis of phenotypic structures, how they change during evolution, and how novel structures arise.

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    The identification of a set of conserved genes that has had stable expression patterns over 120 million years of ant evolution provides a glimpse into the mechanisms that generate queen and worker castes in ants.

    • Sarah D. Kocher
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    Volker Hartenstein and Angela Giangrande discuss recent advances and future directions in glial biology and evolution in the context of a recent scientific conference. Their Comment illustrates the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to answering outstanding questions in biology.

    • Volker Hartenstein
    •  & Angela Giangrande
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    Hox genes are known to regulate head-tail axis patterning but their molecular role in animals diverged from the bilaterian lineage is unclear. Here, Fabian Rentzsch and Thomas W. Holstein comment on a paper by Mark Martindale and colleagues on the functional role of two Hox genes in axial patterning of the sea anemone.

    • Fabian Rentzsch
    •  & Thomas W. Holstein