Professor David Van Vactor explains that model systems are simple organisms that allow us to study and manipulate gene function and development.
Model systems are simple organisms that share a common design principle with our more complex human, mammalian, vertebrate body plan and molecular mechanism. But they’re very accessible to manipulation, to really understand fundamental mechanisms of cellular function, development, and are often a very helpful way to explore questions in greater detail.
Dr. Nicole King and Dr. Seth Grant join Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's David Micklos to discuss the evolution of complex, multicellular animals. Remarkably, the molecules that have driven brain evolution, are the same molecules found in simple unicellula