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Apoptosis as Potential Cause for Notochord Cell Loss in Molgula occulta
(Friday Harbor Labs, 2011-09)
The evolution of the chordate body plan is still unresolved. Notochord evolution can be studied with two tunicates—the tailed M. oculata and the tailless M. occulta. The tailed M. oculata has 40 notochord cells that are converged and extended. The tailless M. occulta does not form a tail in their larval stage as it only ...