Insights from novel research organisms: from crustacean limbs to the beauty of butterflies
Professor Nipam Patel, Director, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA, Professor, University of Chicago, USA
Friday 23 April 2021, 11:00am via Zoom
I will present two studies in which new research organisms have been used to gain insight into the mechanisms of development, and how development evolves to create novel body plans and coloration.
In the first example, I will describe our comprehensive analysis of Hox gene expression in the amphipod crustacean, Parhyale hawaiensis, and more importantly, our results from using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to functionally address the role of Hox genes in crustacean development.
I will then describe how this experimental data leads to some new views on the evolution of the arthropod body plan.