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Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology

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By (author) Scott F. Gilbert, By (author) Susan R. Singer

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  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 711 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 285mm x 32mm | 1,887g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Sunderland
  • ISBN 10: 0878935649
  • ISBN 13: 9780878935642
  • Edition: 9, Revised
  • Edition statement: 9th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 79,978

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During the past four years, the field of developmental biology has begun a new metamorphosis. The Ninth Edition of Developmental Biology mirrors this shift with a wholly revised text, over 600 new literature citations, and substantial reorganization of content. The introductory section has been streamlined from six chapters to three-one each on developmental anatomy, the mechanisms of gene regulation during differentiation, and cell-cell communication during morphogenesis. Another new feature is the addition of short part openers that address key concerns in developmental biology. These provide an introduction to the subsequent chapters, telling the reader what to expect and placing that information into a specific context. Each chapter ends with a guide to Web-based resources relevant to that chapter's content, and the Ninth Edition is the first to include a glossary of key terms. Some of the new material in this edition includes: mesenchymal and induced pluripotent stem cells; the transdifferentiation of pancreatic cells; new data on sea urchin micromere specification; the mechanisms whereby Sry and Wnt signaling determine mammalian sex; the memory of cell fate during amphibian limb regeneration; how bats got their wings and how dachshunds got their short legs. This completely updated text includes fundamental new material that alters what we teach in developmental biology courses. Included inside every new copy of the book is an online access code for Mary Tyler and Ron Kozlowski's remarkable resource, DevBio Laboratory: Vade Mecum3. (Online access may also be purchased separately.) The book also offers a Companion Website (www.devbio.com). Cross-referenced throughout the textbook, this resource provides more information for advanced students, historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives on issues in developmental biology, videos, interviews, Web links, and updates. The website includes the full bibliography of literature cited in the book, most of which are linked to their PubMed citations. Also, for the Ninth Edition, Susan Singer's chapter on plant developmental biology has been moved to this location.

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Author information

Scott F. Gilbert is Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, USA, where he teaches Developmental Biology, Developmental Genetics and the History of Biology.

Review quote

'Gilbert is an excellent storyteller. He presents the gesalt of developmental biology as a whole, with its questions, history and future perspectives all beautifully interwoven with other scientific disciplines. In an elegant flowing, lucid, but never too casual style, he speaks directly to his reader, challenges him by asking questions, and invites him to become a fellow developmental biologist. This work is perfect for someone who is interested in developmental biology and wants to dig deep.' Lab Times 'The ninth edition of Scott F. Gilbert's book confirms its earlier established reputation as the most complete and qualified developmental biology textbook. It not only explains and beautifully illustrates information in practically all aspects of this science-both descriptive and experimental-it also contains sections that other textbooks commonly do not. This concerns the detailed chapter on developmental genetics and especially-what may be the main novelty of this edition-Chapter 4, devoted to systemic biology in its medicinal, ecological, and evolutionary aspects.' - L. V. Belousov, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology

Table of contents

PART I: PRINCIPLES: INTRODUCING DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY Developmental Anatomy Developmental Genetics Cell-Cell Communication in Development PART II: SPECIFICATION: INTRODUCING EARLY EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT Fertilization Early Development in Selected Invertebrates The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila Amphibians and Fish: Early Development and Axis Formation Birds and Mammals: Early Development and Axis Formation PART III: STEM CELLS: INTRODUCING ORGANOGENESIS The Emergence of the Ectoderm: CNS and Epidermis Neural Crest Cells and Axonal Specificity Paraxial and Intermediate Mesoderm Lateral Plate Mesoderm and the Endoderm Development of the Tetrapod Limb Sex Determination Postembryonic Development: Metamorphosis, Regeneration, and Aging The Saga of the Germ Line PART IV: SYSTEMS BIOLOGY: EXPANDING DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY TO MEDICINE, ECOLOGY, AND EVOLUTION Medical Aspects of Developmental Biology Developmental Plasticity and Symbiosis Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change (The chapter 'Plant Developmental Biology,' by Susan Singer, has been moved to the book's dedicated website, www.devbio.com)