Complexity Digest 2006.07 - 16
Gene Regulatory Networks and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans, Science
Excerpts: Development of the animal body plan is controlled by large gene regulatory networks (GRNs), and hence evolution of body plans must depend upon change in the architecture of developmental GRNs. However, these networks are composed of diverse components that evolve at different rates and in different ways. Because of the hierarchical organization of developmental GRNs, some kinds of change affect terminal properties of the body plan such as occur in speciation, whereas others affect major aspects of body plan morphology. A notable feature of the paleontological record of animal evolution is the establishment by the Early "Cambrian of virtually all phylum-level body plans.
- Source: Gene Regulatory Networks and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans
[ http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/311/5762/796 ], Eric H. Davidson, Douglas H. Erwin, Science : 796-800., 06/02/10