Title

Considering the zebrafish in a comparative context

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

9-15-2007

Abstract

This article introduces a special issue on zebrafish biology that attempts to integrate developmental genetics with comparative studies of other fish species. For zebrafish researchers, comparative work offers a better understanding of the evolutionary history of their model system. Comparative biologists can gain many insights from the developmental and genetic mechanisms revealed in zebrafish that have contributed to the huge range of morphological variation among fishes that has arisen over millions of years. These ideas are considered here in various contexts, including systematics, genome organization and the development of the nervous system, pigmentation, craniofacial skeleton and dentition. Studies of the zebrafish in phylogenetic context provide an opportunity for synergy between communities using these two fundamentally different approaches. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Publication Title

Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution

Volume

308

Issue

5

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