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Keywords:

  • segmentation clock;
  • somite;
  • notch;
  • delta;
  • hox;
  • fgf8;
  • wavefront

Abstract

This primer describes molecular mechanisms critical for somite segmentation clock function. In addition, two investigators of the segmentation clock, Olivier Pourquié, and Yun-Jin Jiang, give their perspectives on current research and on the future of the field. Developmental Dynamics 232:519–523, 2005. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.