Journal article

Novel tissue interactions support the evolution of placentation

Oliver W Griffith

JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Organ development occurs through the coordinated interaction of distinct tissue types. So, a question at the core of understanding the evolution of new organs is, how do new tissue-tissue signalling networks arise? The placenta is a great model for understanding the evolution of new organs, because placentas have evolved repeatedly, evolved relatively recently in some lineages, and exhibit intermediate forms in extant clades. Placentas, like other organs, form from the interaction of two distinct tissues, one maternal and one fetal. If each of these tissues produces signals that can be received by the other, then the apposition of these tissues is likely to result in new signalling dynamics ..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers