Highly Divergent Gene Expression Programs Can Lead to Similar Chordate Larval Body Plans

@article{Sobral2009HighlyDG,
  title={Highly Divergent Gene Expression Programs Can Lead to Similar Chordate Larval Body Plans},
  author={Daniel Sobral and Olivier Tassy and Patrick Lemaire},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={2014-2019}
}
The diversity of animal morphologies is thought to result largely from spatial or temporal variations in gene expression. Conversely, we explored here the extent of divergence in transcriptional expression patterns compatible with a common morphological output, the chordate larva. We compared two organisms that share a prototypical tadpole larval body plan but are separated by over half a billion years of divergent evolution: the zebrafish (Danio rerio) and the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, an… CONTINUE READING

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