Dr. Mariko Kondo
Echinoderms exhibit diversity in their body plans between species. We are currently investing the Hox genes and its genomic structure (Hox cluster), which are considered to reflect body regionality. The sea urchin genome has been read and the Hox cluster has been revealed. Our study shows differences in the genomic structure of the feather star. Conducting comparative analyses of the genome including Hox genes in various species, we may be able to find clues as to why echinoderms are so divergent.
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