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Developmental Biology

Understanding the cell-by-cell processes whereby plants, animals and insects develop into adults and the relationship between gene expression and environment sheds light on numerous mysteries of the plant and animal kingdoms. Organisms from sea snails to wasps serve as models as STRI scientists examine how environmental factors trigger divergent paths of development. The natural historian’s perspective available at STRI, where excellent laboratories are located in some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems aid in understanding how creatures are formed, where they disperse, whether they are social or solitary and how they adapt to different habitats and changing climate variables.

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