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Evolution and Development

Research structure

Structure of Evo-DevoGenerally, our studies on evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo) reflect the tripartite structure of the overall approach (see illustration).
     (a) The first component is quantification of morphological variation using methods ranging from simply scoring the absence or presence of particular structures to 3D imaging and modeling.
     (b) The second component is identification of candidate genetic and developmental mechanisms using methods ranging from observations of the trait as it emerges in real time to quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping to microarray and RNAseq screens.
     (c) The third component is functional assays of candidate causes to reveal the more causative relationships by methods ranging from physical manipulations to tissue and embryo transgenesis with molecular vectors.