The introduction of Xenopus laevis into developmental biology: of empire, pregnancy testing and ribosomal genes.

@article{Gurdon2000TheIO,
  title={The introduction of Xenopus laevis into developmental biology: of empire, pregnancy testing and ribosomal genes.},
  author={John Bertrand Gurdon and Nicola Hopwood},
  journal={The International journal of developmental biology},
  year={2000},
  volume={44 1},
  pages={43-50}
}
The ever greater concentration of biomedical research on fewer and fewer species is a striking general feature of the postwar era. In developmental biology, the South African clawed frog Xenopus laevis is, with Drosophila, the mouse, the chick, C. elegans and the zebrafish, one of only half-a-dozen ‘model’ organisms used for the vast majority of research. How did a species which occurs naturally only in Southern and Central Africa rise to such international prominence? Developmental biologists… CONTINUE READING

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