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Developmental Biology

Twelfth Edition

Michael J.F. Barresi and Scott F. Gilbert

February 2020

ISBN: 9781605358741

792 pages
Paperback
279x216mm

Price: £49.99

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Thoroughly updated, streamlined, and enhanced with pedagogical features, the twelfth edition of Barresi and Gilbert's Developmental Biology engages students and empowers instructors to effectively teach both the stable principles and the newest front-page research of this vast, complex, and multi-disciplinary field. This much loved, well-illustrated, and remarkably well written textbook invigorates the classical insights of embryology with cutting edge material, and makes the most complex topics understandable to a new generation of students. Designed with the undergraduate student in mind, this new, streamlined edition now contains studies of plant development, expanded coverage of regeneration, over a hundred new and revised illustrations, and deeply integrated active learning resources that build on the text's enthusiasm and accuracy. This is a text designed to make students become excited about how animals and plants develop their complex bodies from simple origins.

  • A focused and streamlined presentation of essential content highlights the important principles of each section
  • A new feature—"Further Development"—makes for easy distinction between foundational and advanced coverage in each chapter both in the text and online
  • New content: Plant development is now included throughout the book to help students appreciate common developmental principles across organisms
  • An upgraded and comprehensive chapter on regeneration reflects the excitement of new discoveries in this expanding area of developmental biology
  • Thoroughly updated chapters include important new studies on single cell transcriptomes, stem cell niches, cell communication during morphogenesis, fertilization, CRISPR technology, and the effects of global climate change on development
  • An upgraded illustration program includes more than 125 new and revised figures
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Michael J.F. Barresi, Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College, and Scott F. Gilbert, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology Emeritus, Swarthmore College

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.

Table of Contents

    PART I. PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF BECOMING: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT
    Chapter 1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental Organization
    Chapter 2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning
    Chapter 3. Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation
    Chapter 4. Cell-to-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of Morphogenesis
    Chapter 5. Stem Cells: Their Potential and Their Niches
    PART II. GAMETOGENESIS AND FERTILIZATION: THE CIRCLE OF SEX
    Chapter 6. Sex Determination and Gametogenesis
    Chapter 7. Fertilization: Beginning a New Organism
    PART III. EARLY DEVELOPMENT: CLEAVAGE, GASTRULATION, AND AXIS FORMATION
    Chapter 8. Rapid Specification in Snails and Nematodes
    Chapter 9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila
    Chapter 10. Sea Urchins and Tunicates: Deuterostome Invertebrates
    Chapter 11. Amphibians and Fish
    Chapter 12. Birds and Mammals
    PART IV. BUILDING WITH ECTODERM: THE VERTEBRATE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND EPIDERMIS
    Chapter 13. Neural Tube Formation and Patterning
    Chapter 14. Brain Growth
    Chapter 15. Neural Crest Cells and Axonal Specificity
    Chapter 16. Ectodermal Placodes and the Epidermis
    PART V. BUILDING WITH MESODERM AND ENDODERM: ORGANOGENESIS
    Chapter 17. Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their Derivatives
    Chapter 18. Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Heart, Blood, and Kidneys
    Chapter 19. Development of the Tetrapod Limb
    Chapter 20. The Endoderm: Tubes and Organs for Digestion and Respiration
    PART VI. POSTEMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT
    Chapter 21. Metamorphosis: The Hormonal Reactivation of Development
    Chapter 22. Regeneration
    PART VII. DEVELOPMENT IN WIDER CONTEXTS
    Chapter 23. Development in Health and Disease: Birth, Defects, Endocrine Disruptors, and Cancer
    Chapter 24. Development and the Environment: Biotic, Abiotic, and Symbiotic Regulation of Development
    Chapter 25. Development and Evolution: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
    Glossary
    Author Index
    Subject Index

Reviews

"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