Function and evolution of sex determination mechanisms, genes and pathways in insects

  title={Function and evolution of sex determination mechanisms, genes and pathways in insects},
  author={Tanja Gempe and Martin Beye},
  booktitle={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
Animals have evolved a bewildering diversity of mechanisms to determine the two sexes. Studies of sex determination genes--their history and function--in non-model insects and Drosophila have allowed us to begin to understand the generation of sex determination diversity. One common theme from these studies is that evolved mechanisms produce activities in either males or females to control a shared gene switch that regulates sexual development. Only a few small-scale changes in existing and… CONTINUE READING
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