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Hox Genes and Body Plan: Evolution

  1. Ella Tour,
  2. William McGinnis

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005113.pub2



How to Cite

Tour, E. and McGinnis, W. 2008. Hox Genes and Body Plan: Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008


The development of diverse structures on the anterior–posterior axis of animal embryos is dependent on homeotic or Hox genes. The expression and function of the Hox genes varies during evolution and underlies some of the morphological differences in different animal taxa.


  • Homeotic;
  • Hox;
  • transcription;
  • evolution;
  • morphology