Genetics of Development

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  • Organisms as different as flies, fish, and humans share a set of genes, known as a genetic toolkit, which guides development. This session presents new perspectives on the remarkable similarity in these molecules and processes and the ethical questions involved in this research.


  • Originally released by Annenberg Learner, 2003.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 15, 2018.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • Molecular Genetics (8:12); Embryonic Development (7:48); Genetic Toolkit (5:20); Stem Cell Research (5:12); Credits: Genetics of Development (1:12)
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