One of the more fascinating mistakes of gene expression: in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), the gene that tells the antenna to form occasionally causes legs to form instead. The top picture is a comparison of a normal (wild type) fruit fly with one with the abnormality (mutants, with this specific abnormality referred to as antennapedia). It turns out, as shown in the second picture, antenna and legs are quite similar (much in the same way that molars and incisors are similar, for example) and occasionally, when genes aren’t expressed properly… this will happen. Definitely makes you stop for a second to appreciate the fact that your genes, for the most part, were expressed correctly.

First picture from here, second from here, third from here.

1 year ago on November 17th, 2012 | J | 18 notes
Animalia Chordata
Hello there! Welcome to my blog - you'll find lots of pictures of cool animals here. I know the blog is called Animalia Chordata, but you will occasionally find me posting pictures of animals that aren't chordates. Also, sometimes miscellaneous posts about other things (comics, movies, books, etc.) will worm their way in here. If you have any questions or requests, just shoot me a message and I'll see what I can do!