To unravel the molecular mechanisms underlying proper mammalian development is one of the most pressing tasks for modern biomedical science. The complicated processes leading to genetic disease can only be understood, if we comprehend normal development. To study differentiation processes we have decided to focus on the development of the go- and, which is widely believed to be the best model system. We are planning to elucidate differentiation on a molecular level using a variety of approaches. In vitro studies will be performed to define interactions between known factors. Transgenic and knock-out animals will be generated to analyse gene function in an in vivo environment. Positional cloning of genes from patients with sex-reversal phenotypes will be used to identify new players in the explore patterns of evaluation in this highly diverged system.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EH4 2XU Edinburgh