Molecular Insights into the Eye Evolution of Bivalvian Molluscs - Keller, Lukas
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The wealth of eye diversity found in nature caused Neo-Darwinist to propose that photoreceptor organs originated independently at least in 40, but possible up to 65 or more different phyletic lines. However, recent molecular genetic evidence points to a common genetic program for eye development in all eye-bearing organisms. Based on these findings it was proposed that the various eye types found in Metazoa derive from a common ancestor prototype eye. The author, Lukas Keller, reviews the various eye types found in the animal kingdom and the recent molecular data that lead to the hypothesis of…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The wealth of eye diversity found in nature caused Neo-Darwinist to propose that photoreceptor organs originated independently at least in 40, but possible up to 65 or more different phyletic lines. However, recent molecular genetic evidence points to a common genetic program for eye development in all eye-bearing organisms. Based on these findings it was proposed that the various eye types found in Metazoa derive from a common ancestor prototype eye. The author, Lukas Keller, reviews the various eye types found in the animal kingdom and the recent molecular data that lead to the hypothesis of a monophyletic origin of the eye. His own research on eye selector and opsin genes in bivalvian molluscs further strengthen the idea that all animal eyes derive from a common ancestor eye. Furthermore, his results suggest a functional role of Pax-6 and Six1/2 genes in the gills of the bivalves Arca noae and Pecten maximus and raises the interesting question whether these genes are implicated in the establishment of the chemosensory field.
Autorenporträt
Lukas Keller, Molecular Biologist, received his Ph.D. in the
world-renowned laboratory of Walter Gehring at the Biozentrum of
the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research focused on eye
evolution and characterisation of eye selector genes in bivalvian
molluscs.