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Essential Developmental Biology [ILLUSTRATED]

Essential Developmental Biology [ILLUSTRATED]  

   

AUTHORS: 

  • Jonathan Slack

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Limited; 2 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405122161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405122160
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.65 pounds


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Book Description

Essential Developmental Biology is a comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction to all aspects of developmental biology. Written in a clear and accessible style, the second edition of this popular textbook has been expanded and updated to include:new chapters on evolution and development, gut development, and growth and agingextended treatment of mammalian fertilization, the heart, and stem cellsa glossary, further reading arranged by subject, and boxes featuring classic experiments and key directions for research.In addition, an accompanying website - www.blackwellpublishing.com/slack - provides instructional materials for both student and lecturer use, including animated developmental processes, and all artwork in downloadable format.With an emphasis throughout on the evidence underpinning the main conclusions, this book is an essential text for both introductory and more advanced courses in developmental biology.

Essential Developmental Biology is a comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction to all aspects of developmental biology. Written in a clear and accessible style, the second edition of this popular textbook has been expanded and updated to include:- new chapters on evolution and development, gut development, and growth and aging- extended treatment of mammalian fertilization, the heart, and stem cells- a glossary, further reading arranged by subject, and boxes featuring classic experiments and key directions for research.In addition, an accompanying website - www.blackwellpublishing.com/slack - provides instructional materials for both student and lecturer use, including animated developmental processes, a photo gallery of selected model organisms, and all artwork in downloadable format.With an emphasis throughout on the evidence underpinning the main conclusions, this book is an essential text for both introductory and more advanced courses in developmental biology.  

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

BIOLOGICAL EYE!!, May 18, 2006

Are you studying and working in the area of developmental biology of animals? If you are, this book is for you! Author J. M. W. Slack, has written an outstanding 2nd edition of a book about basic ideas and facts of modern developmental biology of animals.

Slack, begins with an overview of modern biological research and how the mechanisms of development are very simple for animals, including humans. Then, he explains how the structure of organisms changes over time. The author continues by discussing how all of the genes in the genome have functions that are specifically concerned with development. In addition, he also discusses why it was the experimental embryologists who gave most thought to mechanism. The author also considers a further set of techniques that are derived from cell and molecular biology, but that have particular relevance to the study of development. Then, the author focuses on a very small number of animal species which are often described as model organisms. Next, he explores the experimental production of Xenopus. Then, the author focuses on the zebrafish-specific features rather than repeating the description of the common features. Next, he reviews the visible course development of the chick, and how it is superficially very different from the lower vertebrates and is much closer to the mammalian type. The author continues by describing how the developmental biology of the mouse has depended to a much greater extent on genetic manipulation. He also discusses why the first organism whose development was understood in molecular detail was the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In addition, he also discusses Caenorhabditis elegans, which is a small, free-living soil nematode and has been used for developmental biology research since the 1960s. Next, he deals with the chief tissue types found in the vertebrate body with special attention to their cellular renewal. Then, the author explores the enormous overall complexity of the vertebrate nervous system. Next, he discusses why the invertebrate mesoderm does not show the same regional subdivision as vertebrate mesoderm. The author continues by describing how the endoderm is the innermost of the three germ layers formed during gastrulation. He also discusses the metamorphosis of Drosophila imaginal discs. In addition, he explores the overall growth, aging and the development of cancer in cells. Next, the author discusses the ability to regrow missing body parts. Finally, the author discusses the interface between developmental biology and evolutionary biology.

Special attention has been given to keeping this most excellent book compact and concise. New findings in the evolving fields of stem cells, regeneration, and aging should make this book attractive to a wide range of readership.


 


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