Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 9, 2011

byLewis Wolpert

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From a single cell - a fertilized egg - comes an elephant, a fly, or a human. How does this astonishing feat happen? How does the egg "know" what to become? How does it divide into the different cells, the separate tissues, the brain, the fingernail - every tiniest detail of the growingfoetus?These are the questions that the field of developmental biology seeks to answer. It is an area that is closely linked to genetics, evolution, and molecular biology. The processes are deeply rooted in evolutionary history; the information is held in genes whose vital timings in switching on and offis orchestrated by a host of proteins expressed by other genes. Timing is of the essence. Here, the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert gives a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning created by Hox genes andthe development of form, embryonic stem cells, the timing of gene expression and its management, chemical signalling, and growth.

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From a single cell - a fertilized egg - comes an elephant, a fly, or a human. How does this astonishing feat happen? How does the egg "know" what to become? How does it divide into the different cells, the separate tissues, the brain, the fingernail - every tiniest detail of the growingfoetus?These are the questions that the field of d...

Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. His research interests are in the mechanisms involved in the development of the embryo. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literatu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Vertebrates3. Invertebrates and plants4. Morphogenesis5. Germ Cells and Sex6. Cell differentiation and stem cells7. Organs8. Nervous System9. Growth, Cancer and Ageing.10. Regeneration11. EvolutionFurther reading