Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity

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Exploring What Makes Us Different

All animal species exhibit certain fundamental similarities in form and behavior, but also many striking differences despite very similar complements of genes. It is likely that conserved networks that regulate gene expression underlie most of the similarities, and that alterations in those regulatory networks can explain many aspects of biological diversity. Understanding the structures of conserved regulatory networks, and how they can be modified to yield biological diversity both between and within species, are major challenges in biology and the focus areas of our theme.