Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology [NOOK Book]

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A newly revised edition of the standard reference for the field today—updated with new terms, major discoveries, significant scientists, and illustrations

Developmental biology is the study of the mechanisms of development, differentiation, and growth in animals and plants at the molecular, cellular, and genetic levels. The discipline has gained prominence in part due to new interdisciplinary approaches and advances in technology, which have led to the rapid emergence of new ...

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Overview

A newly revised edition of the standard reference for the field today—updated with new terms, major discoveries, significant scientists, and illustrations

Developmental biology is the study of the mechanisms of development, differentiation, and growth in animals and plants at the molecular, cellular, and genetic levels. The discipline has gained prominence in part due to new interdisciplinary approaches and advances in technology, which have led to the rapid emergence of new concepts and words. The Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology, Second Edition is the first comprehensive reference focused on the field's terms, research, history, and people.

This authoritative A-to-Z resource covers classical morphological and cytological terms along with those from modern genetics and molecular biology. Extensively cross-referenced, the Dictionary includes definitions of terms, explanations of concepts, and biographies of historical figures. Comparative aspects are described in order to provide a sense of the evolution of structures, and topics range from fundamental terminology, germ layers, and induction to RNAi, evo-devo, stem cell differentiation, and more. Readers will find such features of embryology and developmental biology as:

  • Vertebrates
  • Invertebrates
  • Plants
  • Developmental genetics
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Molecular developmental biology
  • Medical embryology

The author's premium on accessibility allows readers at all levels to enhance their vocabulary in their field and understand terminology beyond their specific focus. Researchers and students in developmental biology, cell biology, developmental genetics, and embryology will find the dictionary to be a vital resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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Dye (biological and environmental sciences, Western Connecticut State U.) provides an A-to-Z reference covering classical morphological and cytological terms as well as words and concepts from modern genetics and molecular biology. The work covers terms, research, history, and people in the field. Terms were drawn from the author's core vocabulary as well as from textbooks (classic and new) and journal articles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Teresa A. Dombrowski, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This book is exactly as described by the title. It is an A-Z dictionary of terms used in the study of embryology and developmental biology.
Purpose: The purpose of the dictionary is to provide a handy reference to classical and modern terminology for students and researchers engaged in the study of embryology and developmental biology. Since no such reference currently exists, the dictionary was created to fill the void. The book is a comprehensive listing of not only classical and current terminology, but also contains brief biographical outlines of pivotal researchers in the field.
Audience: The author intends that the book be used by undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers. Although the book would undoubtedly be useful to undergraduate students, graduate students may find some of the definitions too truncated to be of use. The author is a credible authority in the field.
Features: The dictionary seems very complete and contains terms pertinent to the classical embryology, molecular genetics, molecular developmental biology, and evolutionary developmental biology of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Unfortunately, there are no illustrations. Illustrations would, in some cases, be helpful adjuncts to the author's concise definitions.
Assessment: The book itself is a useful addition to the field, although it seems best suited to undergraduate students taking comparative embryology or developmental biology classes, or to beginning graduate students. The broad spectrum of living organisms covered by the definitions, from plants to humans, necessitates that some topics are covered too briefly. Some definitions that might be considered key are absent (syndrome and association for instance), but the author states in the preface that he is more than receptive to including additioinal terms in subsequent editions, and includes his e-mail address for that purpose.
From the Publisher
“Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology is a "must-have" reference and resource for students in the field as well as college library collections; professional biologists will also find it convenient and useful to keep handy. Highly recommended.” (Midwest Book Review, 1 March 2013)

“It would be best suited for undergraduates taking a developmental biology course or for new graduate students in the field. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students.” (Choice, 1 August 2012)


3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118196632
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Dye is Professor of Developmental Biology at Western Connecticut State University. His expertise is in stem cell, embryo and organ culture and he teaches developmental biology and vertebrate embryology. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, including the first edition of the dictionary.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

A 1

B 17

C 30

D 51

E 62

F 75

G 82

H 92

I 107

J 114

K 115

L 118

M 123

N 141

O 149

P 155

Q 178

R 179

S 187

T 207

U 216

V 219

W 224

X 227

Y 228

Z 230

Reference 232

Color Plates

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