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A Practical Guide to Developmental Biology

Melissa Ann Gibbs

Publication Date - 09 October 2003

ISBN: 9780199249718

126 pages

Provides a solid foundation in classical developmental biology


Designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, A Practical Guide to Developmental Biology provides a solid foundation in classic developmental biology and modern techniques in immunohistochemistry and homeobox gene expression. It also covers plant development, allowing students to see the differences and commonalities among animal and plant life. In addition, the book includes a wide variety of organisms-not only the most popular ones-making it an ideal companion for Wolpert: The Principles of Development, 4/e or other texts in developmental biology.


  • Wide variety of experimental organisms - allows students to see the differences and commonalities among animal & plant life. Students aren't limited to the study of the most popular organisms
  • Includes plant development - most manuals skip plants, but most textbooks include them. Students need to be exposed to the many interesting experiments and features of plant development.
  • Lots of illustrations - the manual can be used as a reference source. Illustrations ease interpretation of experimental manipulations.
  • Step by step experimental protocol presentation - clear-cut protocols, so the student doesn't have to search through paragraphs of text to find the protocol steps.

About the Author(s)

I am the daughter of a neuroscientist father and a biology-inclined mother. In large part due to the influence of my parents, I'd planned to be a marine biologist since my early teens. At UC Santa Cruz, I pursued a degree in Marine Biology and became very interested in sensory systems of deep sea fish. My master's degree work at Moss Landing Marine Labs gave me a chance to catch and examine deep sea fish sensory systems with the aim of finding out how they locate mates. My interest gradually changed from olfactory systems to vision in time for Ph.D. work on the central visual processing systems of goldfish. A post-doctoral fellowship at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gave me the opportunity to study yet another fish sensory system; the development of the lateral line system in sturgeon. Following my stint in San Diego, I accepted a tailor-made position for a developmental-marine biologist at Stetson University. My current research focuses on spring fish ecology & population dynamics and the impact of common pollutants on amphibian development.

Table of Contents

    The Experiments
    Introduction to Developmental Biology: Embryo Protocols, Ethics and Model Systems
    Axial Patterning: Using Retinoic Acid to Disrupt Homeobox Gene Expression in Axolotls
    Plant Cell Totipotency: Growing a Carrot from Adult Cells
    Fertilization: Sea Urchin Syngamy & Development
    Early Plant Development: Pollen Tube Formation
    Morphogenesis: Creating Fate Maps of Albino Axolotls Using a Vital Dye
    Cell Adhesion: Cell-Cell Interactions in Sponges & Amphibians
    Embryogenesis: Chick & Amphibian Development (Slide-based)
    Neurulation: Labeling Chick Notochord using Immunocytochemistry
    Gametogenesis: Comparison of Plants and Animals
    Regeneration: Morphallaxis & Epimorphosis
    Metamorphosis: Drosphila Imaginal Discs
    External Influences on Development: Design Your Own Experiment with Amphibians, Chicks or Fish
    Information for the Instructor
    Animal Care & Maintenance
    Animal & Plant Sources
    Chemical Sources
    Slides Needed / Sources
    Solutions & Other Materials
    Literature Cited

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