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Insect embryogenesis - What is ancestral and what is derived?

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Tautz, D., Friedrich, M., & Schröder, R. (1994). Insect embryogenesis - What is ancestral and what is derived? Development, 120 Suppl., 193-199.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-0F01-9
The systematic genetic analysis of Drosophila development has provided us with a deep insight into the molecular pathways of early embryogenesis. The question arises now whether these insights can serve as a more general paradigm of early development, or whether they apply only to advanced insect orders. Though it is too early to give a definitive answer to this question, we suggest that there is currently no firm reason to believe that the molecular mechanisms that were elucidated in Drosophila may not also apply to other forms of insect embryogenesis. Thus, many of the Drosophila genes involved in early pattern formation may have comparable functions in other insects and possibly throughout the arthropods.