A special issue containing a number of articles in aspects of amphioxus genetics research, authored by leading international scientists, has just been published in International Journal of Biological Sciences.
The discovery in the 1980s that animals as diverse as flies and mouse shared a toolkit of basic developmental genes helped to unite biologists, leading to the creation of the new discipline of evolutionary developmental biology that tries to explain the evolutionary change by means of changes in developmental genes and gene networks. One of the important questions in this new discipline is how vertebrates originate from their closest invertebrate relatives. For this, scientists have been using amphioxus, regarded as the closest invertebrate relative to the vertebrates, as the model system to study evolutionary genetics of vertebrates.
"Since human beings have often wondered about their own origins, it is not surprising that there have been many studies aimed at understanding the evolutionary history of chordates (i.e. the origin of chordates and the diversification of vertebrates) ", wrote Marlétaz et al, scientists at CNRS, France and University of California San Diego, USA.
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