How does a single cell develop into myriad different specialised cell types, control the organization of these different cells into tissues and organs, and ultimately form an unimaginably complex living organism such as a human? Furthermore, how is it possible for some adult animals, but not others, to regenerate fully functioning limbs? Principles of Development opens up the fascinating field of developmental biology to those wanting to understand the answers to questions such as these. Cutting edge science is explained clearly and succinctly and is richly illustrated with a variety of custom drawn figures, animations, and links to online movies that show development happening in real time. The emphasis throughout the text is always on the key principles of development - the underlying processes shared by diverse groups of organisms. This focus on principles provides a framework on which a richer understanding of specific topics can be built. Moreover, extensive pedagogical support is provided, both in the book and online, making this text the complete package for those studying developmental biology. Online Resources For students: -Test your understanding with multiple choice questions and answer guidance to long-answer questions from the book -Gain a three dimensional perspective of development by watching the movies of developing model organisms -View the signalling pathway animations to see these complex processes broken down step by step -Expand your knowledge and guide your studies with the suggested web activities - Examine and interpret raw data obtained by Cheryll Tickle and members of her laboratory and presented in silico For registered adopters of the text: -Download the figures from the book to use in lectures and hand-outs -Help your students delve into the research literature with the Journal Club -Download the test bank or import it into your VLE -PowerPoint of In silico practicals to use in class
All the key principles of developmental biology that students need to know, underpinned by experimental evidence, and an exploration of the molecular basis of the subject.
1. History and Basic Concepts 2. Drosophila Life Cycle and Development of the Body Plan 3. Vertebrate Life Cycles, Experimental Techniques and Human Development 4. Laying Down the Vertebrate Body Plan: Xenopus and Zebrafish 5. Laying Down and Completing the Vertebrate Body Plan: Chick and Mouse 6. Development of Nematodes and Sea Urchins 7. Morphogenesis: Change in Form in the Early Embryo 8. Cell Differentiation and Stem Cells 9. Germ Cells, Fertilization and Sex 10. Organogenesis 11. Development of the Nervous System 12. Growth, Post-Embryonic Development and Regeneration 13. Plant Life Cycle and Development 14. Evolution and Development
An extremely well written book that explains the major developmental concepts and processes in a clear and concise manner, approachable to students. I find the provision of in silico practical activities and on-line journal club supported by lecturer notes extremely helpful for my teaching. Together with on-line MCQs, I use these to test the students' knowledge and help them develop deep understanding and enthusiasm for the subject. * Dr Aida Rajic, University of Suffolk *The organisation and clarity of the writing and figures together really help to convey the principles of Developmental Biology to the enquiring student. This is supplemented by the provision of questions and some online material to cement and broaden understanding. * Dr Michael Taylor, Cardiff University *A really good introduction to developmental biology, covering all the core topics students need to know. The writing and figures are very clear, and there are very useful online resources for both the student and the lecturer. * Dr Joanna Richardson, University of Sussex *Well written, excellent diagrams, nice online resources (especially the signalling pathway animations). * Dr Thomas Butts, University of Liverpool *This book provides a detailed description of all essential aspects of developmental biology, in addition to some information about evolution in relation to developmental biology. * Dr Hegias Mira Bontenbal and Dr Willy M Baarends, University Medical Centre Rotterdam *
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