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Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Lewis Wolpert

August 2011

ISBN: 9780199601196

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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The development of a single fertilized egg into a fly, an elephant, or a human baby is one the most remarkable near-miracles achieved by nature. This Very Short Introduction, written by the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, gives a concise account of, and explores, one of the liveliest areas of scientific research.

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The development of a single fertilized egg into a fly, an elephant, or a human baby is one the most remarkable near-miracles achieved by nature. This Very Short Introduction, written by the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, gives a concise account of, and explores, one of the liveliest areas of scientific research.

  • Written by the most distinguished developmental biologist in the UK and one of the most repespected names in the field worldwide
  • Explores how fertiziled eggs develop, the process of cell division, the development of patterns, and overall growth
  • A concise introduction ideal for anyone starting, or on, a biology course
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Lewis Wolpert, University College London

Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. His research interests are in the mechanisms involved in the development of the embryo. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. His books include The Triumph of the Embryo (OUP, 1991), Malignant Sadness - The Anatomy of Depression (Faber, 1999), Principles of Development, of which he is principal author, (4th edition, OUP 2011), and How We live, and Why We Die - the secret life of cells (Faber, 2009). He is also co-chief editor of the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:Vertebrates
    3:Invertebrates and plants
    4:Morphogenesis
    5:Germ Cells and Sex
    6:Cell differentiation and stem cells
    7:Organs
    8:Nervous System
    9:Growth, Cancer and Ageing.
    10:Regeneration
    11:Evolution
    Further reading