Guidebook to the Homeobox Genes

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This much-needed guidebook provides research workers with the most up-to-date reference available on homeobox genes. As the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the homeobox fast approaches, these genes are being isolated from an ever-widening group of organisms and are now understood as critical to numerous developmental processes. But the rapidly increasing pool of information on homeobox genes has often resulted in a lack of coordination in the use of nomenclature and classification systems. As a result, the...
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This much-needed guidebook provides research workers with the most up-to-date reference available on homeobox genes. As the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the homeobox fast approaches, these genes are being isolated from an ever-widening group of organisms and are now understood as critical to numerous developmental processes. But the rapidly increasing pool of information on homeobox genes has often resulted in a lack of coordination in the use of nomenclature and classification systems. As a result, the field has been sometimes characterized by its confusing and scattered literature. This book provides an overview of the subject by summarizing the dispersed findings and by listing key references. The first two chapters give a brief historical account of the discovery of the homeobox and introduce the reader to its role in development. The third chapter provides comprehensive coverage to the classification and structural organization of the homeobox genes. Finally, short descriptions of individual homeobox genes are provided in alphabetical order at the end of the book. Guidebook to the Homeobox Genes, with its easy-to-use format, offers a quick and simple way to learn about the essentials of each gene with cogent descriptions and helpful references . It will be welcomed by students and professionals in developmental biology, molecular genetics, and molecular biology.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Roger W. Melvold, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This volume presents an overview and summary of homeobox genes — genes whose function is to control the activity of other groups of genes.
Purpose: The effects of these genes are especially relevant in controlling the sequence of gene activations/inactivations that occur during the course of normal cell differentiation and organ development.
Audience: This book will be of value to professionals working in the areas of genetics and molecular biology, especially with respect to developmental aspects.
Features: The book opens with brief overviews of the history of the discovery of homeobox genes and of their functions and evolutionary relationships. This is followed by a chapter on the classification of different types of homeobox genes and finally by an alphabetical listing of known homeobox genes found in numerous species. This listing constitutes the major portion of the book and includes brief descriptions of each gene together with a small set of relevant references. A longer reference set, with references up through 1993, is included at the end.
Assessment: Libraries will find this a valuable reference. Similar compendia have been developed for other types of genes, and the time has come for this listing to be compiled as well. Given the amount of work being done currently in developmental biology and genetics, this volume will have to be periodically updated for maximum utility.
Roger W. Melvold
This volume presents an overview and summary of homeobox genes -- genes whose function is to control the activity of other groups of genes. The effects of these genes are especially relevant in controlling the sequence of gene activations/inactivations that occur during the course of normal cell differentiation and organ development. This book will be of value to professionals working in the areas of genetics and molecular biology, especially with respect to developmental aspects. The book opens with brief overviews of the history of the discovery of homeobox genes and of their functions and evolutionary relationships. This is followed by a chapter on the classification of different types of homeobox genes and finally by an alphabetical listing of known homeobox genes found in numerous species. This listing constitutes the major portion of the book and includes brief descriptions of each gene together with a small set of relevant references. A longer reference set, with references up through 1993, is included at the end. Libraries will find this a valuable reference. Similar compendia have been developed for other types of genes, and the time has come for this listing to be compiled as well. Given the amount of work being done currently in developmental biology and genetics, this volume will have to be periodically updated for maximum utility.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198599401
  • Publisher: A Sambrook and Tooze Publication at Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Guidebook Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

After August 1993: Professor of Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Preface, Denis Duboule

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