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The process of biological development is an amazing feat of tightly regulated cellular behaviors—differentiation, movement, and growth—powerful enough to result in the emergence of a highly complex living organism from a single cell, the fertilized egg. Now in a new edition, Principles of Development clearly illustrates the universal principles that govern this process of development. Developmental biology has grown enormously as a discipline in recent years. Designed for undergraduates, this text focuses on key principles and concepts rather than attempting to offer an encyclopedic treatment of the field. It equips students with a conceptual framework that will be invaluable to them throughout their educational careers. Written by two highly respected and influential developmental biologists, Lewis Wolpert and Cheryll Tickle, Principles of Development, Fourth Edition, combines a careful exposition of the subject with insights from several of the world's pioneering researchers. It guides students from the fundamentals to the latest discoveries in the field.

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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: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 142,400
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Wolpert, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College London

Jim Smith, Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge

Tom Jessell, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Columbia, New York Peter Lawrence, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Elizabeth Robertson, The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford

Elliot Meyerowitz, California Institute of Technology

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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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    Excelente lectura, buena redacción y contenido actualizado.

    Excelente lectura, buena redacción y contenido actualizado.

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