The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs

  title={The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs},
  author={O. Griffith and G. Wagner},
  journal={Nature Ecology &Evolution},
  • O. Griffith, G. Wagner
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Ecology &Evolution
  • How organs originate and evolve is a question fundamental to understanding the evolution of complex multicellular life forms. [...] Key Result We argue that a diversity of genomic changes facilitated these physiological transformations and that these changes are likely to have occurred during the evolution of organs more broadly. Finally, we argue that a key aspect to understanding the evolutionary origin of organs is that they are likely to result from novel interactions between distinct cell populations.Expand Abstract
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