Modularity in Development and Evolution

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Gerhard Schlosser, GŁnter P. Wagner
University of Chicago Press, Jul 1, 2004 - Science - 600 pages
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Modularity in Development and Evolution offers the first sustained exploration of modules from developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Contributors discuss what modularity is, how it can be identified and modeled, how it originated and evolved, and its biological significance. Covering modules at levels ranging from genes to colonies, the book focuses on their roles not just in structures but also in processes such as gene regulation. Among many exciting findings, the contributors demonstrate how modules can highlight key constraints on evolutionary processes.

A timely synthesis of a crucial topic, Modularity in Development and Evolution shows the invaluable insights modules can give into both developmental complexities and their evolutionary origins.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Modularity Concept in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology
1
Selector Genes and the Genetic Control of Developmental Modules
17
The Basic HelixLoopHelix Proteins in Vertebrate and Invertebrate Neurogenesis
34
The PaxSixEyaDach Network in Development and Evolution
59
The Notch Signaling Module
81
Sonic Hedgehog and Wnt Signaling Pathways during Development and Evolution
101
Modular Pleiotropic Effects of Quantitative Trait Loci on Morphological Traits
132
Central Nervous System Development From Embryonic Modules to Functional Modules
154
Informational Accretion Gene Duplication and the Mechanisms of Genetic Module Parcellation
315
The Role of Genetic Architecture Constraints in the Origin of Variational Modularity
338
Generative Entrenchment Modularity and Evolvability When Genic Selection Meets the Whole Organism
359
Starting the Segmentation Gene Cascade in Insects
395
The Evolution of Nematode Development How Cells and Genes Change Their Function
413
Modularity in the Evolution of Vertebrate Appendages
429
The Individual as a Module SolitarytoColonial Transitions in Metazoan Evolution and Development
443
Evolvability Modularity and Individuality during the Transition to Multicellularity in Volvocalean Green Algae
466

Synexpression Groups Genetic Modules and Embryonic Development
187
Systematic Exploration and Mining of Gene Expression Data Provides Evidence for HigherOrder Modular Regulation
202
Qualitative Analysis of Gene Networks Toward the Delineation of CrossRegulatory Modules
222
Exploring Modularity with Dynamical Models of Gene Networks
244
Basins of Attraction in Network Dynamics A Conceptual Framework for Biomolecular Networks
288
Symbiosis Evolvability and Modularity
490
The Role of Modules in Development and Evolution
519
CONTRIBUTORS
583
INDEX
587
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About the author (2004)

Gerhard Schlosser is a scientific assistant at the Brain Research Institute, University of Bremen. He is interested in the evolution of development with a main research focus on neural development in vertebrates.

GŁnter P. Wagner is the Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and recipient of a MacArthur Award. His interests are the theory of complex adaptations and the development and evolution of morphological characters. He most recently edited the book The Character Concept in Evolutionary Biology.

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