Snail shell coiling programmed by protein patterning

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 23:00 in Biology & Nature

Snail shells coil in response to a lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, finds new research. In contrast the shell mantle of limpets, whose shells do not coil, have a symmetrical pattern of the protein Decapentaplegic (Dpp).

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