Model systems in developmental biology

Bioessays. 1995 May;17(5):451-5. doi: 10.1002/bies.950170513.


The practical criteria by which developmental biologists choose their model systems have evolutionary correlates. The result is a sample that is not merely small, but biased in particular ways, for example towards species with rapid, highly canalized development. These biases influence both data collection and interpretation, and our views of how development works and which aspects of it are important.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Developmental Biology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical