Research Project code：9800034568
Update date：Dec. 10, 1996
Studies on mechanisms involved in pattern formation of the Drosophila wing
1995 - 1999
Investigating Researcher (2)：
Understanding the mechanisms by which stereotypical structures emerge from an initially homogeneous field of cells continues to be one of the fundamental issues in developmental biology. These mechanisms are referred to collectively under the term 'pattern formation.' Recent years have witnessed a revolution in our ability to identify the genes that play significant roles in pattern formation. Much of this revolution has resulted from studies of the development of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, an organism whose genetics has been extensively characterized. We are focusing on the mechanisms of pattern formation that guide the development of the fruit fly wing. Our current concern is to dissect downstream mechanisms by which cells respond to the morphogen molecule. To this end, we are analyzing novel genes whose expression is induced by the morphogen molecule.
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