Hox genes and the evolution of animal body plans

Updated: Jan 16

by Dennis Sun

Animals come in many different shapes and sizes. How did all of these diverse body plans evolve? In this video, Dennis Sun describes how a group of similar genes, called Hox genes, are involved in setting up different kinds of body plans in crustaceans.

Dennis is a PhD student in the lab of Nipam Patel at UC Berkeley.

Related resources

A document from PBS on Hox genes

Paper on the sandhopper (Parhyale) genome

Paper on sandhopper (Parhyale) hox gene expression analysis

Paper analyzing hox genes in sandhopper (Parhyale) using CRISPR knockout

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