Gene duplications in the prototypical cephalochordate amphioxus.

@article{Minguillon2002GeneDI,
  title={Gene duplications in the prototypical cephalochordate amphioxus.},
  author={Carolina Fauria Minguillon and David E. K. Ferrier and C. Carlos Verdasco Cebri{\'a}n and Jordi Garcia-Fern{\`a}ndez},
  journal={Gene},
  year={2002},
  volume={287 1-2},
  pages={121-8}
}
The new discipline of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo) is facing the fascinating paradox of explaining morphological evolution using conserved pieces or genes to build divergent animals. The cephalochordate amphioxus is the closest living relative to the vertebrates, with a simple, chordate body plan, and a genome directly descended from the ancestor prior to the genome-wide duplications that occurred close to the origin of vertebrates. Amphioxus morphology may have remained… CONTINUE READING