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Emerging Systems

Guest Edited by Michalis Averof and Chiara Sinigaglia

Many exciting, unresolved questions in biology lie outside the reach of classic model organisms. The Emerging Systems series presents established but lesser known experimental organisms that broaden the scope of biological research. The articles highlight the importance of developing new experimental approaches to explore diverse questions, the challenges in doing this, and the appeal of exploiting the unique features of each species.

  1. Hydractinia, a genus of colonial marine cnidarians, has been used as a model organism for developmental biology and comparative immunology for over a century. It was this animal where stem cells and germ cells we...

    Authors: Uri Frank, Matthew L. Nicotra and Christine E. Schnitzler

    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:7

    Content type: Review

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  2. The common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum, belonging to the Chelicerata in the phylum Arthropoda, has emerged as an experimental system for studying mechanisms of development from an evolutionary standpoi...

    Authors: Hiroki Oda and Yasuko Akiyama-Oda

    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:6

    Content type: Review

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  3. Macrostomum lignano is a free-living flatworm that is emerging as an attractive experimental animal for research on a broad range of biological questions. One feature setting it apart from other flatworms is the ...

    Authors: Jakub Wudarski, Bernhard Egger, Steven A. Ramm, Lukas Schärer, Peter Ladurner, Kira S. Zadesenets, Nikolay B. Rubtsov, Stijn Mouton and Eugene Berezikov

    Citation: EvoDevo 2020 11:5

    Content type: Review

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