Structure and function of the homeotic gene complex (HOM-C) in the beetle, Tribolium castaneum

Authors

  • Richard W. Beeman,

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    1. The US Grain Marketing Research Laboratory, USDA, ARS, 1515 College Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS66506, USA
    • The US Grain Marketing Research Laboratory, USDA, ARS, 1515 College Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA
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  • Jeffrey J. Stuart,

    1. The US Grain Marketing Research Laboratory, USDA, ARS, 1515 College Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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  • Susan J. Brown,

    1. The Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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  • Robin E. Denell

    1. The Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Abstract

The powerful combination of genetic, developmental and molecular approaches possible with the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has led to a profound understanding of the genetic control of early developmental events. However, Drosophila is a highly specialized long germ insect, and the mechanisms controlling its early development may not be typical of insects or Arthropods in general. The beetle, Tribolium castaneum, offers a similar opportunity to integrate high resolution genetic analysis with the developmental/molecular approaches currently used in other organisms. Early results document significant differences between insect orders in the functions of genes responsible for establishing developmental commitments.

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