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At the Drosophila melanogaster bithorax complex (BX-C) over 330kb of intergenic DNA is responsible for directing the transcription of just three homeotic (Hox) genes during embryonic development. A number of distinct enhancer cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) are responsible for controlling the specific expression patterns of the Hox genes in the BX-C. While it(More)
At the Drosophila bithorax complex many distinct classes of cis-regulatory modules work collectively during development to control gene expression. Abdominal-B (Abd-B) is one of three homeotic genes in the BX-C and is expressed in specific presumptive abdominal segments in the embryo. The transcription of Abd-B is tightly controlled by an array of(More)
It is a long-held belief in evolutionary biology that the rate of molecular evolution for a given DNA sequence is inversely related to the level of functional constraint. This belief holds true for the protein-coding homeotic (Hox) genes originally discovered in Drosophila melanogaster. Expression of the Hox genes in Drosophila embryos is essential for body(More)
The EcoRaft Project, an interactive installation designed to help children learn about restoration ecology, allows participants to engage physically with animated agents via a natural and intuitive interface. This physical engagement occurs when the agents transfer seamlessly from stationary computers to mobile devices, on which the agents are realized as(More)
This project presents a novel interaction paradigm in which computer screens serve as islands of virtual space ("iLands"). Mobile "virtual rafts" let people move animated agents between iLands (see Figure 1). The project features innovations in heterogeneous computer graphics, tangible human-computer interaction, interactive animated characters, and mobile(More)
Drosophila melanogaster is a powerful model system for the study of gene regulation due to its short generation time, high fertility and the availability of various genetic tools to manipulate the genome. Investigation into the regulation of homeotic genes and their role in embryonic patterning during development was pioneered in Drosophila. Recently, the(More)
The diverse functional roles for RNA molecules in cells of the developing embryo have been an area of intense study in the last few years. Progress reported at the 49(th) Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, California highlighted many of the varied mechanistic activities for RNAs. In particular, talks at the 'RNA Biology' platform session(More)
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