Many aspects of germ cell behavior, migration, and gonad formation are shared between vertebrate species. For example, a specialized germ plasm has been observed in many species including Caenorhabditis elegans and Xenopus. Furthermore, the fact that Vasa marks germ cells may be common between different organisms, germ cells initially form at a location away from their target mesoderm. Further genetic studies will reveal the extent to which molecular aspects of germ cell migration and gonad formation are conserved.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology|
|State||Published - 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology