Transcriptomic Basis of Metamorphic Competence in the Salt-Marsh-Dwelling Polychaete Capitella teleta

  title={Transcriptomic Basis of Metamorphic Competence in the Salt-Marsh-Dwelling Polychaete Capitella teleta},
  author={Robert Burns and Jan A. Pechenik},
  journal={The Biological Bulletin},
  pages={158 - 170}
Marine invertebrate larvae typically take hours to weeks after being released into the plankton before becoming “competent” to metamorphose. The mechanisms that govern this transition between the precompetent and metamorphically competent states are unknown. We studied gene expression patterns in precompetent and competent larvae of the salt-marsh-dwelling polychaete worm Capitella teleta (Blake, Grassle & Eckelbarger, 2009)—a species in which precompetent larvae are unusually easy to… 
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