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Evo-devo

The difference between homeobox and Hox genes

Update: This post is now the top result on Google for variations on “homeobox vs hox”. With “homeobox hox” alone it’s only beaten by the Wikipedia page for Hox genes. If I knew this would become such a popular post I would have put in more effort. It’s just a quick rant....

Palaeontology in evo-devo

I've always found palaeontology fascinating, probably due to my love of dinosaurs from an early age. These days I have a different appreciation of palaeontology because of the fact that development evolves. I've met several people who believe that evo-devo (evolutionary developmental biology) is all about genomics and has little to do with fossils...

Homology

I recently had a discussion where the word “homology” was thrown around very loosely by someone who should probably know better. Those who have at least heard of the word might think it has something do with things being similar. Those with an interest in biology, especially evolutionary biology, probably realise it’s more...

How many times has a centralised nervous system evolved?

Neuroscience interests me because of the idea that an object (the human brain) is attempting to understand itself. For that same reason, I’m fascinated by the evolution and development of the central nervous system. Scientist’s brains are attempting to discover exactly how they came into existence. Our central nervous system obviously appeared...