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From the Authors PART I. PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF BECOMING: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL DEVELOPMENTChapter 1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental OrganizationChapter 2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental PatterningChapter 3. Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell DifferentiationChapter 4. Cell-to-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of MorphogenesisChapter 5. Stem Cells: Their Potential and Their NichesPART II. GAMETOGENESIS AND FERTILIZATION: THE CIRCLE OF SEXChapter 6. Sex Determination and GametogenesisChapter 7. Fertilization: Beginning a New OrganismPART III. EARLY DEVELOPMENT: CLEAVAGE, GASTRULATION, AND AXIS FORMATIONChapter 8. Rapid Specification in Snails and NematodesChapter 9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in DrosophilaChapter 10. Sea Urchins and Tunicates: Deuterostome InvertebratesChapter 11. Amphibians and FishChapter 12. Birds and MammalsPART IV. BUILDING WITH ECTODERM: THE VERTEBRATE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND EPIDERMISChapter 13. Neural Tube Formation and PatterningChapter 14. Brain GrowthChapter 15. Neural Crest Cells and Axonal SpecificityChapter 16. Ectodermal Placodes and the EpidermisPART V. BUILDING WITH MESODERM AND ENDODERM: ORGANOGENESISChapter 17. Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their DerivativesChapter 18. Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Heart, Blood, and KidneysChapter 19. Development of the Tetrapod LimbChapter 20. The Endoderm: Tubes and Organs for Digestion and RespirationPART VI. POSTEMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENTChapter 21. Metamorphosis: The Hormonal Reactivation of DevelopmentChapter 22. RegenerationChapter 23. Aging and SenescencePART VII. DEVELOPMENT IN WIDER CONTEXTSChapter 24. Development in Health and Disease: Birth, Defects, Endocrine Disruptors, and CancerChapter 25. Development and the Environment: Biotic, Abiotic, and Symbiotic Regulation of DevelopmentChapter 26. Development and Evolution: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary ChangeGlossaryAuthor IndexSubject Index

About the Author

Scott F. Gilbert is Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus at Swarthmore College and a Finland Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology. He teaches developmental biology, developmental genetics, and the history of biology. After receiving his B.A. from Wesleyan University, he pursued his graduate and postdoctoral research at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gilbert is the recipient of several awards, including the first Viktor Hamburger Award for excellence in developmental biology education, the Alexander Kowalevsky Prize for evolutionary developmental biology, honorary degrees from the Universities of Helsinki and Tartu, and the Medal of Francois I from the College de France. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Society of Naturalists, and on the International Advisory Board for the National Institute of Basic Biology in Japan. He has been chair of the Professional Development and Education Committee of the Society for Developmental Biology. His research pursues the developmental genetic mechanisms by which the turtle forms its shell and the mechanisms by which plasticity and symbionts contribute to development. Michael J. F. Barresi is a Professor at Smith College in the department of Biological Sciences and Program in Neuroscience. Dr. Barresi was a Biology major and Studio Art minor at Merrimack College. After he received his B.A., Dr. Barresi pursued his doctoral research on muscle fiber type development at Wesleyan University in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Devoto. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Rolf Karlstrom's laboratory at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, investigating the development of commissure formation in the zebrafish forebrain. At Smith College, Dr. Barresi's laboratory investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing the development of neural stem cells, commissure formation, and neurodevelopmental responses to environmental teratogens. He has been a member of the Professional Development and Education Committee of the Society for Developmental Biology. Dr. Barresi is an innovator in the classroom, pioneering the use of web conferencing, documentary movie making, and active learning pedagogies in Developmental Biology. Since 2005, he has successfully taught course-based research laboratories in Developmental Biology. In connection with his NSF CAREER award, Dr. Barresi created the "Student Scientists" outreach program to help train and inspire primary and secondary education teachers to infuse investigative curriculum in their classrooms. He was the recipient of the 2012 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Smith College.


"The latest edition of Developmental Biology is a significantly revised version of a modern classis. This textbook provides a diversity of views on how a single cell can give rise to a multicellular organism, enhancing learning with clear prose, colorful images, didactic diagrams, and links to multimedia resources. . . . for students or professors who need a well-rounded, clearly written overview of developmental biology principles this is the most comprehensive textbook currently available." --Kara Cerveny, The Quarterly Review of Biology "Developmental Biology, Eleventh Edition successfully teaches the basis of development in a manner that is digestible and intriguing. It is useful for students who enjoy traditional as well as modern approaches to pedagogy. By systematically reviewing concepts in development, integrating web resources, and providing expansive applications about the subject matter, the textbook is valuable for readers interested in the field." --Jessica S. Bayner M.D., Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

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