Monthly Archives: September 2013

Eyes, Eyes, and more Eyes!

Developmental biology is all about context. It studies when, where, and to what extent are genes expressed in a developing organism. Molecular biology is all manipulation. It uses molecular scissors and glue to cut and paste pieces of genetic information to uncover a gene’s function. This fly is the classic example of how developmental biology […]

Pair-rule genes!

How I love teaching about body plan development and the genetic basis of developmental biology! Fly embryos are really amazing little things (if only I could have gotten past my innate repulsion toward fruit flies, I would have been a fruit fly developmental biologist in a heartbeat…thank goodness for zebrafish). Last week in lab, my […]