Evidence for at least six Hox clusters in the Japanese lamprey (Lethenteron japonicum).

@article{Mehta2013EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for at least six Hox clusters in the Japanese lamprey (Lethenteron japonicum).},
  author={Tarang K Mehta and Vydianathan Ravi and Shinichi Yamasaki and Alison Ping Lee and Michelle M. Lian and Boon-Hui Tay and Sumanty Tohari and Seiji Yanai and A. A. O. Tay and S. Brenner and Byrappa Venkatesh},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 40},
  pages={16044-9}
}
Cyclostomes, comprising jawless vertebrates such as lampreys and hagfishes, are the sister group of living jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes) and hence an important group for understanding the origin and diversity of vertebrates. In vertebrates and other metazoans, Hox genes determine cell fate along the anteroposterior axis of embryos and are implicated in driving morphological diversity. Invertebrates contain a single Hox cluster (either intact or fragmented), whereas elephant shark, coelacanth… CONTINUE READING
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