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An Integrative Science Finds a Home

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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 570-572
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.570

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ATLANTA-- This year's annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), held here earlier this month, marked a milestone for the fledgling discipline known as evo-devo biology. Beginning about a decade ago, modern biologists realized that they might glean clues to how organisms evolved by studying the genes that control development (Science, 4 July 1997, p. 34). Now, the discipline is so strong that last year it gained its own division within SICB and was invited to present its inaugural symposia in Atlanta. Prominently featured were new findings on the genes needed for butterfly wing development and on the homeobox genes, a key group of developmental genes involved in organizing animal body plans.

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