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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    A comparative analysis of developmental transcriptomes across Metazoa provides a quantitative approach to test scenarios of life-cycle evolution and supports an ancestral adult form with later intercalation of larval stages.

    • Konstantin Khalturin
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    A new model suggests that energetic costs of development are minimized within narrow ranges of temperature. Temperatures below an optimum raise costs by extending development times more than metabolic rates are depressed, whereas temperatures above the optimum cause development rates to stall even as metabolic rates rise.

    • H. Arthur Woods
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    Analysis of single-cell gene expression data and genome assemblies of five diverse metazoan species shows a tight link between conserved gene order and its relationship with cell type-specific gene expression.

    • Maja Adamska
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    Three studies presenting genomes and transcriptomes from different life stages of nearly all major lineages of medusozoans present radically different gene expression profiles between life cycle stages and many medusa-specific genes.

    • Christine E. Schnitzler
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    Comparative analysis of microexons across bilaterians identifies a new protein domain associated with the evolutionary origin of microexon inclusion in neural tissues.

    • Rupert Faraway
    •  & Jernej Ule