Homeobox genes and the vertebrate body plan

E. M. De Robertis, G. Oliver, C. V E Wright

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What tells some embryonic cells to become limbs and other seemingly identical cells to form complex organs? It is a fascinating group of genes with a common feature called the homeobox. Key to development in many animals, these genes are remarkably similar in fruit flies, frogs - and humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalScientific American
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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