Genetic Basis for Heterochronic Variation

  • Victor Ambros
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 7)


Genes encode the functional and structural components of cells and hence directly or indirectly define the behavior of individual cells and groups of cells in a developing system. In this sense the genome of an organism defines and controls the developmental processes that generate the final form of the organism. To examine the feasibility of rapid heterochronic change, it is important to determine how many genes must be mutated to cause heterochrony and the mechanisms by which those genes control developmental timing.


Cell Fate Caenorhabditis Elegans Nematode Species Postembryonic Development Hypodermal Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Ambros
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  1. 1.Biological LaboratoriesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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