CRISPR helps evo-devo scientists to unpick the origins of adaptions

CRISPR helps evo-devo scientists to unpick the origins of adaptions

Some call it the chickenosaurus, others the dino-chicken. Whatever you term the proposal to transform a chicken into a creature more like its dinosaur ancestor, it is having its scientific moment.

Researchers have succeeded in making the feet, limbs and face of unhatched chicks a bit more like those of the creatures’ 150-million-year-old ancestors by tinkering with the molecular pathways that forge these structures. The goal is to comprehend the molecular events responsible for one of the most awe-inspiring transitions in the fossil record. Read more here.


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