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Detlev Arendt

EMBL, Heidelberg | Germany

EMBO 2015

Evolution of the nervous system

We are intrigued by a big mystery in animal evolution: how did the nervous systems emerge? What did it first look like and how did it function? Our lab has established a new molecular animal model, the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii, amenable to high throughput genomics and imaging approaches and functional interference techniques. In a comparative approach, Platynereis is informative about Urbilateria, the last common bilaterian ancestors.

Keywords: Eye evolution / cell type evolution / nervous system evolution / axis inversion / Platynereis dumerilii

Subject area(s): Development | Neuroscience | Evolution & Ecology