All posts tagged with evo-devo

Link: Ed Yong looks at limb buds

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Ed Yong writes about a new paper investigating the evolutionary developmental biology of finger formation: “How Did You Get Five Fingers?”.

Fly larva growing in 3-D

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I don’t have any comments on this, it’s just cool: “Fruitfly development, cell by cell”

Anthropology 105, lecture 7: Eyes

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Out of all the lectures in the course, this was one of my favorites to put together. I return to the topic of evolutionary developmental biology, first raise...

Looking over a Neandertal's shoulder

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A study by Di Vincenzo, Steven Churchill and Giorgio Manzi has fallen into the early drawer of the Journal of Human Evolution: “The Vindija Neanderthal scapu...

Chimpanzee and human FOXP2 compared

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A new paper in Nature (Konopka et al. 2009) reports on microarray expression comparisons of human and chimpanzee-specific versions of FOXP2. The change of tw...

A speaking gene?

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I’m just going to quote from a press release that fell into my inbox. It’s about a talk being given at the American Society for Human Genetics meeting by Ray...

How the FOXP2 transgenic mice squeak

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Nicholas Wade today covers a new study by Wolfgang Enard and colleagues, in which they generated transgenic mice expressing the human-derived version of FOXP...

Evo-devo and HACNS1

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Science has a very important paper in the current issue about the evolution of a gene enhancer in hominids, expressed in forelimb development and concentrate...

Linnaeus and species fixism

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I think many biologists have a pretty vague picture of why Linnaeus was important. To some, he probably seems banal -- how exciting could it be to make all ...

Alternative splicing

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The PNAS early edition includes a paper by Michael Tress and (many) others about the frequency of alternative splicing across the genome. I wrote about alte...

Game theory and developmental robusticity

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The introduction of game theory into evolutionary biology is often credited to George Price and John Maynard Smith. This is for good reason; together they w...

You and the fugu, part 2

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My earlier post introduced the conserved noncoding elements shared by vertebrates. Those elements shared by vertebrates seem to be crucial to regulating dev...

Evolution-doubting and illiteracy, part 3

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Last week's Science has an article about "public acceptance of evolution" by Jon Miller, Eugenie Scott and Shinji Okamoto. The article covers results of pol...

Patterns Turing spotted

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Did you know that Alan Turing tried to solve the problem of biological form? That following D'Arcy Thompson, he laid the groundwork for an important branch ...


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Yesterday I ran across this paper by Thomas Flatt in Quarterly Review of Biology, which is a really thorough review of the concept of canalization from its ...

The World Summit on Evolution

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On the Scientific American website, there is a long article by Michael Shermer (editor of Skeptic magazine), describing his trip to the World Summit of Evol...

Intelligent design "a sterile philosophy"

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The following quote really sums up the problem with "intelligent design" as science, and why it is not taken seriously. It comes from a review by Alan D. Gi...