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Mol Reprod Dev. 2011 Jan;78(1):3-8. doi: 10.1002/mrd.21266. Epub 2010 Dec 30.

Polar bodies--more a lack of understanding than a lack of respect.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Abstract

Polar bodies are as diverse as the organisms that produce them. Although in many animals these cells often die following meiotic maturation of the oocyte, in other organisms they are an essential and diverse part of embryonic development. Here we highlight some of this diversity and summarize the evolutionary basis for their utility.

PMID:
21268179
PMCID:
PMC3164815
DOI:
10.1002/mrd.21266
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