Evolution of the egg: new findings and challenges.

@article{Claw2012EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the egg: new findings and challenges.},
  author={Katrina G Claw and Willie J. Swanson},
  journal={Annual review of genomics and human genetics},
  year={2012},
  volume={13},
  pages={109-25}
}
The evolution of the egg is dynamic, and eggs have numerous species-specific properties across vertebrates and invertebrates. Interestingly, although the structure and function of the egg have remained relatively conserved over time, some constituents of the egg's extracellular barriers are undergoing rapid evolution. In this article, we review current ideas regarding sperm-egg interactions, discuss genetic approaches used to elucidate egg gene functions, and highlight the interesting… CONTINUE READING
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