Principles of Development / Edition 4

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How does a single cell develop into myriad different specialized cell types, control the organization of these different cells into tissues and organs, and ultimately form an unimaginably complex living organism like a human being? How is it possible for some adult animals, but not others, to regenerate fully functioning limbs?

Answering these questions and many more in captivating detail, Principles of Development, Fifth Edition, introduces students to the fascinating field of developmental biology. It clearly and succinctly explains cutting-edge science and illustrates principles with a variety of custom-drawn figures, animations, and links to online movies that show development happening in real time.

The authors consistently focus on the key principles of development—the underlying processes shared by diverse groups of organisms. This emphasis on principles provides a framework on which students can build a rich understanding of specific topics. Extensive pedagogical support materials, both in the book and online, make this text the complete package for students of developmental biology.

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"This new edition is a significant and positive step in presenting a complex field of study to undergraduate students."--Craig M. Scott, Clarion University

"I like the boxes in each chapter. Experimental technique boxes work well when the reader just wants to look up a technique. Boxes are also a good way to highlight concepts, or to go into detail on subjects that may or may not be covered in lectures."--Deborah Garrity, Colorado State University

"Very clear writing style that the students will appreciate, and very clear figures."--Margaret Saha, College of William and Mary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199554287
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 176,151
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology at University College London.

Cheryll Tickle is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath.

Alfonso Martinez Arias is Professor of Developmental Mechanics at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 History and basic concepts 1
Ch. 2 Development of the Drosophila body plan 31
Ch. 3 Patterning the vertebrate body plan I : axes and germ layers 89
Ch. 4 Patterning the vertebrate body plan II : the somites and early nervous system 149
Ch. 5 Development of nematodes, sea urchins, ascidians, and slime molds 185
Ch. 6 Plant development 225
Ch. 7 Morphogenesis : change in form in the early embryo 257
Ch. 8 Cell differentiation and stem cells 297
Ch. 9 Organogenesis 339
Ch. 10 Development of the nervous system 387
Ch. 11 Germ cells, fertilization, and sex 421
Ch. 12 Growth and post-embryonic development 451
Ch. 13 Regeneration 475
Ch. 14 Evolution and development 497
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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Excelente lectura, buena redacción y contenido actualizado.

    Excelente lectura, buena redacción y contenido actualizado.

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