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Curr Biol. 1997 Sep 1;7(9):R570-2.

Vertebrate evolution: something fishy about Hox genes.

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  • 1School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 228, Reading, RG6 6AJ, UK.


The complete Hox gene complement of the Japanese pufferfish has now been determined, together with the genomic organisation of all four Hox gene clusters. One of the many surprises is that this strange fish has lost an unusually large number of Hox genes.

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