Genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying the formation of the Drosophila compound eye.

@article{Tsachaki2012GeneticAD,
  title={Genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying the formation of the Drosophila compound eye.},
  author={Maria Tsachaki and Simon G Sprecher},
  journal={Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists},
  year={2012},
  volume={241 1},
  pages={40-56}
}
The compound eye of Drosophila melanogaster consists of individual subunits ("ommatidia"), each containing photoreceptors and support cells. These cells derive from an undifferentiated epithelium in the eye imaginal disc and their differentiation follows a highly stereotypic pattern. Sequential commitment of pluripotent cells to become specialized cells of the visual system serves as a unique model system to study basic mechanisms of tissue development. In the past years, many regulatory genes… CONTINUE READING
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