Current Topics in Developmental Biology

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Current Topics in Developmental Biology provides a comprehensive survey of the major topics in the field of developmental biology. The volumes are valuable to researchers in animal and plant development, as well as to students and professionals who want an introduction to cellular and molecular mechanisms of development. The series has recently passed its 30-year mark, making it the longest-running forum for contemporary issues in developmental biology.

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Overview

Current Topics in Developmental Biology provides a comprehensive survey of the major topics in the field of developmental biology. The volumes are valuable to researchers in animal and plant development, as well as to students and professionals who want an introduction to cellular and molecular mechanisms of development. The series has recently passed its 30-year mark, making it the longest-running forum for contemporary issues in developmental biology.

Audience: Graduate students and researchers in developmental, molecular, and cell biology, as well as genetics, zoology, and agriculture.

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Editorial Reviews

Leo Miller
This book is part of the series Current Topics in Developmental Biology. It summarizes recent information on various developmental biology topics including pattern formation during early development, growth, and differentiation of the kidney and the role of calcium signaling at fertilization. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive survey of major issues at the forefront of modern developmental biology. Special emphasis is placed on mechanisms of development in a variety of model systems. This book is aimed at researchers in vertebrate and invertebrate developmental biology, in particular those interested in reproduction, morphogenesis and differentiation, signal transduction, kidney development, and voltagated ion channels in development. The different chapters have a nice balance of black-and-white photographs and illustrations. The reference section for most chapters includes recent references through 1997. This volume covers developmental topics such as the structure and function of the allantois, specification of the axis in early mouse development, pattern formation in the worm C. elegans, signal transduction during early development, formation of the eye fields in Drosophila, and apoptosis of neurons. All of the chapters are well done and will serve as good reviews of the topics. This volume is highly recommended for libraries.
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Reviewer: Leo Miller, PhD(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This volume in the Current Topics in Developmental Biology series summarizes recent information on various developmental biology topics, including morphogenesis during early development, differentiation, and development of the reproductive system, nervous system, and skeletal muscle of different research animals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive survey of major issues at the forefront of modern developmental biology. Special emphasis is put on mechanisms of development in a variety of model systems.
Audience: This book is aimed at researchers in vertebrate and invertebrate developmental biology, particularly those interested in reproduction, morphogenesis and differentiation, signal transduction, stem cells, and neuronal microtubule assembly.
Features: The different chapters have a nice balance of illustrations. The reference section for most chapters includes 1995 references, but some chapters lack references more recent than 1994.
Assessment: This volume of current topics in developmental biology covers signal transduction during early development, sperm competition in birds, the function of the epididymus in mammals, recent advances in understanding sea urchin gastrulation, the role of stem cells in skeletal muscle development, and the importance of the centrosome in axonal microtubule assembly in mammalian neurons. All the chapters are well done and will serve as good reviews of the topics. This volume is highly recommended for libraries.
Booknews
Addresses basic biological developmental mechanisms, many of which seem to be the same, for example, in arthropods and vertebrates, and in yeast and mammals. Begins with the lower eukaryotes and progresses through plants and animals of increasing complexity, discussing such topics as embryogenesis, cell differentiation and adhesion, and axis determination in vertebrate embryos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080584645
  • Publisher: Netlibrary Inc
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999

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The Longest-Running Public Forum for Contemporary Issues in Developmental Biology
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Homeobox Gene Expression during Development of the Vertebrate Brain
2 Homeobox and pax Genes in Zebrafish Development
3 Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms: Spatial and Temporal Modes of Rostrocaudal Patterning
4 Axonal Guidance from Retina to Tectum in Embryonic Xenopus
5 The in Vivo Roles of Mullerian-Inhibiting Substance
6 Growth Factor Regulation of Mouse Primordial Germ Cell Development
7 Mechanisms of Genomic Imprinting in Mammals
8 Mechanisms of Nondisjunction in Mammalian Meiosis
9 Timing of Events during Flower Organogenesis: Arabidopsis as a Model System
Index 357
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