And along came a spider (and a fruit fly): the genetic bases of animal development and evolution

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The genetic bases of animal development and evolution

Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Staff - research


JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Join Professor Alistair McGregor to find out how animals are built by a ‘genetic toolkit.’


Interactions among ‘toolkit’ genes regulate the development of animals from single cells to complex multicellular organisms like flies, spiders and humans. Alistair will explore how changes in the regulation of genes that are used to build animals underlie the evolution of their shape and size.


Discover why understanding natural variation in genetic regulatory interactions is important – both to our knowledge of cell and developmental biology, and to the evolution of biodiversity.