Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo / Edition 1

Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo / Edition 1

by Gabor Forgacs, Stuart A. Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521783372

ISBN-13: 9780521783378

Pub. Date: 11/24/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During development cells and tissues undergo changes in pattern and form that employ a wider range of physical mechanisms than at any other time in an organism's life. This book demonstrates how physics can be used to analyze these biological phenomena. Written to be accessible to both biologists and physicists, major stages and components of the biological

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During development cells and tissues undergo changes in pattern and form that employ a wider range of physical mechanisms than at any other time in an organism's life. This book demonstrates how physics can be used to analyze these biological phenomena. Written to be accessible to both biologists and physicists, major stages and components of the biological development process are introduced and then analyzed from the viewpoint of physics. The presentation of physical models requires no mathematics beyond basic calculus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783378
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The cell: fundamental unit of developmental systems; 2. Cleavage and blastula formation; 3. Cell states: stability, oscillation, differentiation; 4. Cell adhesion, compartmentalization and lumen formation; 5. Epithelial morphogenesis: gastrulation and neurulation; 6. Mesenchymal morphogenesis; 7. Pattern formation: segmentation, axes and asymmetry; 8. Organogenesis; 9. Fertilization: generating one living dynamical system from two; 10. Evolution of developmental mechanisms; Glossary; References; Index.

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