Vasa expression and germ-cell specification in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae

@article{Dearden2002VasaEA,
  title={Vasa expression and germ-cell specification in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae},
  author={Peter Dearden and Miodrag Grbi{\'c} and Cam Donly},
  journal={Development Genes and Evolution},
  year={2002},
  volume={212},
  pages={599-603}
}
The specification of germ cells is an important process during the development of all animals. Expression of an evolutionarily conserved gene such as vasa can be used as a marker for germ cell fate. We have isolated a vasa-related gene from the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) and used it to examine the segregation of germ cells in this animal. In spider mites, vasa expression first appears in a group of cells that do not join the initial blastoderm surface. Instead, these cells… CONTINUE READING

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