What is the Normal Function of Genes which Give Rise to Homeotic Mutations?

  • Allen Shearn
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 16)


A homeotic mutation may be defined as one which causes a transformation of the determined state of some or all of the cells of a particular imaginal disc or disc compartment of the determined state characteristic of some other disc or disc compartment. Mutations such as these have been intriguing geneticists and developmental biologists for more than fifty years because they seem to offer insight into how genes control developmental processes. A fundamental question raised by their very existence concerns the nature of the normal functions of those genes which can give rise to such homeotic mutations.


Positional Information Imaginal Disc Larval Period Determined State Wing Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen Shearn
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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