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Nature. 1988 Sep 1;335(6185):25-34.

The molecular genetics of embryonic pattern formation in Drosophila.

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  • ICRF Developmental Biology Unit, Department of Zoology, Oxford, UK.

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  • Nature 1988 Oct 20;335(6192):744.


Analysis of the genes that control the early events of Drosophila embryogenesis is providing details of the molecular processes underlying the positional specification of cells. There are two distinct phases: the first precedes the cellularization of the blastoderm embryo and is associated with a cascade of interactions between transcriptional regulators; the second occurs after cellularization and depends on communication between cells. These processes may be conserved in a wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates.

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