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Principles of Development - Lewis Wolpert

Paperback Published: 9th April 2015
ISBN: 9780199678143
Number Of Pages: 652

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The process of biological development is an amazing feat of tightly regulated cellular behaviors--differentiation, movement, and growth--powerful enough to result in the emergence of a highly complex living organism from a single cell, the fertilized egg. Now in a new edition, Principles of Development clearly illustrates the universal principles that govern this process of development.

Developmental biology has grown enormously as a discipline in recent years. Designed for undergraduates, this text focuses on key principles and concepts rather than attempting to offer an encyclopedic treatment of the field. It equips students with a conceptual framework that will be invaluable to them throughout their educational careers.

Written by two highly respected and influential developmental biologists, Lewis Wolpert and Cheryll Tickle,Principles of Development, Fourth Edition, combines a careful exposition of the subject with insights from several of the world's pioneering researchers. It guides students from the fundamentals to the latest discoveries in the field.


Focuses on the underlying principles, thereby addressing one of the biggest challenges facing instructors and students of developmental biology; covering and learning in one semester the vast amount of information encapsulated by the field.

Offers the right balance of breadth and depth:
Addresses all key topics in the field in a uniformly authoritative way, but at a depth that makes it possible to deliver a coherent, well-balanced course in one semester. Rather that attempting to offer exhaustive coverage, it sets out to ensure that, at the end of the course, students have a well-rounded, sound understanding on which to base further studies.

Integrates vivid illustrations that have been carefully designed and chosen to illuminate both experiments and mechanisms, clarifying basic principles in a visual manner.

Provides focused examples, concentrated on vertebrates and Drosophila, but not to the exclusion of other organisms, such as the nematode and the sea urchin, where they best illustrate a concept.

Covers plant development--which is frequently neglected in general textbooks on developmental biology--addressing striking recent advances in the understanding of the subject.

Includes carefully selected suggestions for further reading and an extensive glossary of key terms

Industry Reviews

Now in its fifth edition, this delightful textbook introduces developmental biology in a clear and interesting way, and the authors' enthusiasm leaps out of every page... It will be a useful reference for students of developmental biology and an enjoyable read for anyone interested in this field. * Clare Miller, The Biologist *

1: History and basic concepts 2: Development of the Drosophila body plan 3: Vertebrate development I: Life cycles and experimental techniques 4: Vertebrate development II: Xenopus and zebrafish 5: Vertebrate development III: Chick and mouse-completing the body plan 6: Development of nematodes and sea urchins 7: Plant development 8: Cell differentiation and stem cells 9: Morphogenesis: change in form in the early embryo 10: Germ cells, fertilization, and sex 11: Organogenesis 12: Development of the nervous system 13: Growth, post-embryonic development and regeneration 14: Evolution and development

ISBN: 9780199678143
ISBN-10: 0199678146
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 652
Published: 9th April 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.9 x 20.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.61
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised

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