Our work is concerned with the way that the very first differences arise between the cells of embryos of the anuran amphibian Xenopus. This organism has enormous advantsges for studying embryonic development because it is easy to keep, lays eggs throughout the year, and its externally developing embryos are large and easy to manipulate. Recently we have been focusing on the development of the cells of the yolky half of the embryo, the vegetal pole. These form the endoderm and the primordial germ cells. Our research is concerned with the mechanisms that bring these pathways of development about, and how these pathways are distinguished from that of neighbouring cells which become skin, nervous system, muscles, and so on.
Lab MembershipsWoodland Lab (Principal Investigator/Director)
British Xenopus Group (Principal Investigator/Director)
Cell and Development Group
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Warwick
CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
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