We're doing it again! This time we are biking from Petra in Jordan up to Nazareth in Israel, to raise money for the Nazareth Hospital CT Scanner appeal. Last year we raised over £50,000 for the Children's Unit! Nazareth is the largest Arab town in Israel; the people are lovely, and the kids are awesome. Nazareth also treats kids in the West Bank of Palestine who have very limited access to healthcare. They need your help! Go to my sponsorship page to find out more and see what you can do! Maybe even join us..?

27 July 2010

Segmentation in Arthropods

Face it - you've always wanted to know whether segmentation was present in the common ancestor of the bilaterians, and whether the modes of segmentation in (say) different arthropod groups reflect divergence from an ancestral mechanism, or whether they are independently derived in the different lineages. Your genes say one thing, your fossils and embryos say another. What to do? What to DO??

Fret no more - my good friend Dr Ariel Chipman from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will set you straight. I like this video because we humans use the delta-notch signalling pathway (as do other chordates) to set up our somites and hence our body segments, and it's interesting to see how other critters accomplish this remarkable feat that is segmentation.

1 comment:

  1. Arthropods will rule! Much more evolvable!