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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Apr 21;106(16):6837-42. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810311106. Epub 2009 Apr 7.

The neural origins of shell structure and pattern in aquatic mollusks.

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Biophysics Graduate Group and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, 216 Wellman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.

Abstract

We present a model to explain how the neurosecretory system of aquatic mollusks generates their diversity of shell structures and pigmentation patterns. The anatomical and physiological basis of this model sets it apart from other models used to explain shape and pattern. The model reproduces most known shell shapes and patterns and accurately predicts how the pattern alters in response to environmental disruption and subsequent repair. Finally, we connect the model to a larger class of neural models.

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19351900
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PMC2672551
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10.1073/pnas.0810311106
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