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Research groups - Biologie du Développement de Villefranche sur mer
Unité Mixte de Recherche CNRS 7009




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Cnidarian developmental mechanisms

Team Leader

Evelyn Houliston


Cnidarian developmental mechanisms


Our group’s interest has historically centred on the maternal contribution to development, using a variety

of animal models, principally the amphibian Xenopus, the ctenophore Beroe, and more recently the

cnidarian Clytia hemisphaerica.

Clytia has proved to be an excellent experimental model and is now routinely cultured and manipulated in

the laboratory.

It has become our primary study species, and our scientific interests have expanded to cover the zygotic as

well as maternal phases of body axis patterning, as well as germ line/ stem cell biology.

We also occasionally use the ctenophore, Beroe ovata, available only in the spring.


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