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Plants and the Logic of Development

Meyerowitz, Elliot M. (1997) Plants and the Logic of Development. Genetics, 145 (1). pp. 5-9. ISSN 0016-6731. PMCID PMC1207784.

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It seems likely that plants and animals have independently evolved multicellular development. Members of each kingdom are composed of different types of eukaryotic cells, implying that the two kingdoms diverged when their common eukaryotic ancestor was unicellular and that each lineage had a considerable unicellular history after they separated. This indicates that each kingdom separately evolved its mechanisms of cellular differentiation and cell-cell communication. This in turn raises a series of questions: do land plants and metazoans use the same fundamental mechanisms of development and perhaps even the same genes for similar processes, or has independent evolution of development meant the invention of completely different ways of doing things? Is there only one way to evolve a developmental system, or more than one? Is more than one type of multicellular development even possible?

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Additional Information:© 1997 Genetics Society of America. My laboratory’s work on plant genetics and plant developmental biology is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (MCB 9204839), National Institutes of Health (GM45697), and the Department of Energy (FG03-88ER13873).
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Official Citation:Meyerowitz EM. Plants and the Logic of Development. Genetics. 1997; 145(1):5-9.
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