Developmental Biology / Edition 9

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Increased emphasis on gene activity, signal transduction and the emphasis on the roles of paracrine factors in development.

Covers axonal specificity, gastrulation & reorganizing the embryonic cells, target selection, etc.

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The fifth edition adds the ecological dimension to its integration of molecular, cellular, and organismal approaches, with a new chapter concerning the ways by which the environment effects the phenotype of the organism. Other changes which reflect developments in the field include an earlier, more complete introduction to gene activity and signal transduction pathways, and new emphasis on the roles of paracrine factors in development<-->part five begins with an overview of the fibroblast growth factor TGF-beta, Wnt, and Hedgehog families of growth and differentiation factors. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
This time-tested biology text covers all the basics of development in animals (with one chapter on plants by Susan Singer), beginning with life cycles and developmental patterns and moving through embryonic development, with a closing section on the ramifications of developmental biology. Gilbert (Swarthmore College) includes discussions of vertebrates and invertebrates, the development of the central nervous system, sex determination, and aging. The enclosed CD-ROM features 130 interactive videos and 300 photographs to accompany both the text and the experimental guidebook. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878935642
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 711
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Developmental biology : the anatomical tradition 3
Ch. 2 Life cycles and the evolution of developmental patterns 25
Ch. 3 Principles of experimental embryology 49
Ch. 4 The genetic core of development 77
Ch. 5 The paradigm of differential gene expression 101
Ch. 6 Cell-cell communication in development 139
Ch. 7 Fertilization : beginning a new organism 175
Ch. 8 Early development in selected invertebrates 211
Ch. 9 The genetics of axis specification in Drosophila 253
Ch. 10 Early development and axis formation in amphibians 291
Ch. 11 The early development of vertebrates : fish, birds, and mammals 325
Ch. 12 The emergence of the ectoderm : central nervous system and epidermis 373
Ch. 13 Neural crest cells and axonal specificity 407
Ch. 14 Paraxial and intermediate mesoderm 443
Ch. 15 Lateral plate mesoderm and endoderm 471
Ch. 16 Development of the tetrapod limb 505
Ch. 17 Sex determination 529
Ch. 18 Postembryonic development : metamorphosis, regeneration, and aging 555
Ch. 19 The saga of the germ line 593
Ch. 20 An overview of plant development 627
Ch. 21 Medical implications of developmental biology 655
Ch. 22 Environmental regulation of animal development 693
Ch. 23 Developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change 721
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