Founded in 1914, the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington has made an unparalleled contribution to the biological understanding of embryos and their development. Originally much of the research was carried out through experimental embryology, but by the second half of the twentieth century, tissue and cell cultures were providing histological information about development, and biochemistry and molecular genetics have taken center stage. This final volume in a series of five histories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington provides a history of embryology and reproductive biology spanning a hundred years. It provides important insights into the evolution of both scientific ideas and the public perception of embryo research, concluding with a reflection on current debates.
"This volume successfully provides a good snapshot of the important and seminal role that Carnegie's Department of Embryology has played in developmental biology, especially during the first seven decades of the twentieth century...There is good material in the volume that should make it valuable to historians of American science and to scholars with an interest in the history of developmental biology."
Keith R. Benson, University of British Columbia, Journal of the History of Biology
Preface; Introduction Jane Maienschein; 1. The human embryo collection at the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Adrianne Noe; 2. How rhesus monkeys became laboratory animals Elizabeth Hanson; 3. Reproductive science at the Carnegie Department of Embryology, 1913-1971 Adele E. Clarke;4. The Lewis films: tissue culture and 'living anatomy' at the Department of Embryology, 1919-1940 Hannah Landecker; 5. Heredity, development and evolution at the Carnegie Insitution of Washington Garland E. Allen; 6. The Department of Embryology in the second half of the twentieth century Donald D. Brown; 7. Looking ahead Allan Spradling.
Series: Centennial History of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 7th February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5