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Opening a can of centipedes: new insights into mechanisms of body segmentation

Guillaume Valentin and Andrew C Oates*

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MRC National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, UK

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BMC Biology 2013, 11:116  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-116

Published: 29 November 2013


The search for a common developmental genetic mechanism of body segmentation appears to become more difficult, and more interesting, as new segmented organisms are added to the roster. Recent work in this journal by Brena and Akam on segmentation of the geophilomorph centipede Strigamia maritima, an arthropod distantly related to the standard insect models, contains developmental and evolutionary surprises that highlight the importance of a wider sampling of phyla.

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