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Abstract

Although in Drosophila pair-rule genes play crucial roles in the genetic hierarchy that subdivides the embryo into segments, the extent to which pair-rule patterning is utilized by different arthropods and other segmented phyla is unknown. Recent data of Dearden et al.1 and Henry et al.,2 however, hint that a pair-rule mechanism might play a role in the segmentation process of basal arthropods and vertebrates. BioEssays 25:425–429, 2003. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.