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Ralf J. Sommer. The future of evo–devo: model systems and evolutionary theory // Nature Reviews Genetics 10, 416-422 (June 2009) doi:10.1038/nrg2567 Perspective

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Nature Reviews Genetics 10416-422 (June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nrg2567

OPINION:The future of evo–devo: model systems and evolutionary theory

Ralf J. Sommer1  About the author

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Abstract

There has been a recent trend in evolutionary developmental biology (evo–devo) towards using increasing numbers of model species. I argue that, to understand phenotypic change and novelty, researchers who investigate evo–devo in animals should choose a limited number of model organisms in which to develop a sophisticated methodological tool kit for functional investigations. Furthermore, a synthesis of evo–devo with population genetics and evolutionary ecology is needed to meet future challenges.

Author affiliations

  1. Ralf J. Sommer is at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department for Evolutionary Biology, Spemannstrasse 37, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany. 
    Email: ralf.sommer@tuebingen.mpg.de

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