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Fish DNA For Fingers
2014-01-22 12:35:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from a team of Swiss researchers published in the journal PLOS Biology has found that our fish ancestors had the genetic machinery for fingers, but these structures did not develop until the evolution of limbs in amphibians. “The basics of the regulatory mechanism are there in the fish,” said study author Denis Duboule, a geneticist at the University of Geneva and Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne....

2011-10-14 09:10:38

From blue whales to earthworms, a common mechanism gives shape to living beings Why don't our arms grow from the middle of our bodies? The question isn't as trivial as it appears. Vertebrae, limbs, ribs, tailbone ... in only two days, all these elements take their place in the embryo, in the right spot and with the precision of a Swiss watch. Intrigued by the extraordinary reliability of this mechanism, biologists have long wondered how it works. Now, researchers at EPFL (Ecole...


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