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The proximate determinants of insect size

Joseph Parker and Laura A Johnston

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Department of Genetics and Development, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA

Journal of Biology 2006, 5:15  doi:10.1186/jbiol47

Published: 2 August 2006


One of the least understood aspects of animal development – the determination of body size – is currently the subject of intense scrutiny. A new study employs a modeling approach to expose the factors that matter in the control of insect size.