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PLoS Genetics Issue Image | Vol. 17(1) February 2021

PLoS Genetics Issue Image | Vol. 17(1) February 2021

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Asymmetrically localized maternal transcripts in the amphioxus embryo

Cephalochordates (amphioxus) are early-branching chordates. Using RNA-seq analysis on separated blastomeres, Lin et al generated a spatial transcriptomic map for the cleavage stage amphioxus embryos and identified clear molecular asymmetries that might control axial patterning or germ line formation. This dataset provides a global transcriptomic blueprint for guiding future functional studies in amphioxus and comparative studies to understand the evolution of developmental mechanisms. See Lin et al.

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Image Credit: Che-Yi Lin and Jr-Kai Yu

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Asymmetrically localized maternal transcripts in the amphioxus embryo

Cephalochordates (amphioxus) are early-branching chordates. Using RNA-seq analysis on separated blastomeres, Lin et al generated a spatial transcriptomic map for the cleavage stage amphioxus embryos and identified clear molecular asymmetries that might control axial patterning or germ line formation. This dataset provides a global transcriptomic blueprint for guiding future functional studies in amphioxus and comparative studies to understand the evolution of developmental mechanisms. See Lin et al.

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Image Credit: Che-Yi Lin and Jr-Kai Yu

https://doi.org/10.1371/image.pgen.v17.i01.g001