Migratory neural crest-like cells form body pigmentation in a urochordate embryo

Abstract

The neural crest, a source of many different cell types in vertebrate embryos, has not been identified in other chordates. Current opinion therefore holds that neural crest cells were a vertebrate innovation. Here we describe a migratory cell population resembling neural crest cells in the ascidian urochordate Ecteinascidia turbinata. Labelling of embryos… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/nature02975

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