Your Inner Fish

The gene responsible for forming the inner ear in vertebrate animals.

Pax 2 Quotes in Your Inner Fish

The Your Inner Fish quotes below are all either spoken by Pax 2 or refer to Pax 2. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of Your Inner Fish published in 2009.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Jellyfish do not have either Pax 6 or Pax 2: they arose before those genes hit the scene. But in the box jellyfish's genes we see something remarkable. The gene that forms the eyes is not Pax 6, as we'd expect, but a sort of mosaic that has the structure of both Pax 6 and Pax 2. In other words, this gene looks like a primitive version of other animals' Pax 6 and Pax 2.

Related Characters: Neil Shubin (speaker)
Page Number: 172
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Pax 2 Term Timeline in Your Inner Fish

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Chapter 10: Ears
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Genetic information also tells the long history of the ear. A gene called Pax 2 seems to control ear formation in both mice and humans, as a mutation in Pax... (full context)
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Jellyfish and the Origins of Eyes and Ears. There is a link between the Pax 2 gene for ear formation and the Pax 6 gene we saw in Chapter 9 for... (full context)