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Chicken embryology and vertebrate development

Using the chicken embryo as a model system for investigating the development of higher vertebrates

chicken embriology

As a modle system, the chicken embryo has many advantages, not least the easy accessibility of the developing embryo, the availability of synchronised fertilised eggs and low cost.

Our research in chickens focuses on:

  • the development of the skin and its feathers
  • the basis for male/female differences
  • the development of reproductive germline stem cells
  • limb patterning
  • skeletal development and eye development
  • the origin and function of cells of the immune system.

RICE is a collective of research groups based at The Roslin Institute using the chicken embryo as an experimental system to study embryonic growth and development. For further information please visit

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For a list of researchers at The Roslin Institute working in this area, please click here.

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