The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 42: 291 - 297 (1998)

Vol 42, Issue 3

Special Issue: Developmental Genetics of Drosophila

The genetics of the Drosophila achaete-scute gene complex: a historical appraisal

Published: 1 April 1998

J A Campos-Ortega

Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie, Universität zu Köln, Germany.


The Drosophila achaete-scute complex consists of four genes encoding transcription factors of the bHLH family. Due to their intricate organization, these genes have occupied geneticists and developmental biologists for many years. Here, genetic studies on the complex are discussed from a historical point of view.

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