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PART I. PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF BECOMING: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental Organization2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning3. Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation4. Cell-to-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of Morphogenesis5. Stem Cells: Their Potential and Their NichesPART II. GAMETOGENESIS AND FERTILIZATION: THE CIRCLE OF SEX6. Sex Determination and Gametogenesis7. Fertilization: Beginning a New OrganismPART III. EARLY DEVELOPMENT: CLEAVAGE, GASTRULATION, AND AXIS FORMATION8. Rapid Specification in Snails and Nematodes9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila10. Sea Urchins and Tunicates: Deuterostome Invertebrates11. Amphibians and Fish12. Birds and MammalsPART IV. BUILDING WITH ECTODERM: THE VERTEBRATE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND EPIDERMIS13. Neural Tube Formation and Patterning14.Brain Growth15. Neural Crest Cells and Axonal Specificity16. Ectodermal Placodes and the EpidermisPART V. BUILDING WITH MESODERM AND ENDODERM: ORGANOGENESIS17. Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their Derivatives18. Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Heart, Blood, and Kidneys19. Development of the Tetrapod Limb20. The Endoderm: Tubes and Organs for Digestion and RespirationPART VI: POSTEMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT21. Metamorphosis: The Hormonal Reactivation of Development22. RegenerationVII: DEVELOPMENT IN WIDER CONTEXTS23. Development in Health and Disease: Birth, Defects, Endocrine Disruptors, and Cancer24. Development and the Environment: Biotic, Abiotic, and Symbiotic Regulation of Development25. Development and Evolution: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Changes GlossaryAuthor IndexSubject Index

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Michael J. F. Barresi is Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College, where he has pioneered the use of a variety of technologies to engage student in novel ways with the concepts of developmental biology as well as the researchers making the discoveries of this field.Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology Emeritus at Swarthmore College and a Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Helsinki. He has received the Viktor Hamburger Prize in teaching from the Society of Developmental Biology as well as the Alexander Kowalevsky Award in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.


"Development Biology is a very readable, balanced, and thorough introduction covering all the most important aspects of this fascinating field. This is an excellent textbook for introducing beginners, advanced students, and even experts from other fields to the beauty and complexity of developmental and regenerative biology." -- Michael Levin, Tufts University "This is the definitive developmental biology textbook - a real classic that has been updated to include newly-understood concepts from fast-moving fields. It is inspiring to students to see how quickly the entire field of developmental biology has been transformed into a molecular science." -- Jessica LaMae Whited, Harvard University "This book is the gold standard in developmental biology. The many micrographs and its comprehensiveness make it an indispensible resource for serious students in the field." -- Jeff Hardin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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