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Developmental Biology

Thirteenth Edition

Michael Barresi and Scott Gilbert

Publication Date - March 2023

ISBN: 9780197574591

880 pages
8.5 x 10.875 inches

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Updated, streamlined, and enhanced with pedagogical features with integrated active learning resources built on the text's enthusiasm and accuracy.


This classic text takes a balanced and modern approach, presenting the exciting developments in the field, and making the most complex topics understandable to a new generation of students.

Developmental Biology, Thirteenth Edition, accommodates the needs of both beginners and advanced students by clearly distinguishing the main subject matter from the details needed by advanced students.

An enhanced eBook contains videos, interviews, tutorials, and interactive features. This market-leading text embodies the breadth, intellectual rigor, and wonder of contemporary developmental biology.

New to this Edition

  • New Chapter 8, "Conceptualizing Early Development" is a new fully integrated chapter providing a coherent narrative on early development.
  • New Chapter 14, "Early Human Development," engages students by focusing on advances in stem cell biology and biomedical visualization and their impacts on the current understanding of early human development.
  • Significant revision of Chapter 24: Regeneration.
  • "Dev Tutorial Videos" offer author-led video tutorials on central concepts of developmental biology, now with self-assessment.
  • "Scientists Speak" videos give students the opportunity to hear leading scientists in the field of developmental biology to discuss their work.
  • "Watch Development" videos illustrate developmental biology phenomena and concepts. o Narrated Interactive Figures - Author Michael Barresi breaks down essential text figures, detailing cause and effect relationships and sequences, with self-assessment.
  • Narrated Interactive Figures - Author Michael Barresi breaks down essential text figures, detailing cause and effect relationships and sequences, with self-assessment.
  • Assignable End of Chapter Quizzes.
  • Further Development Online features - provide in-depth discussions and related to concepts introduced in the text.


  • Written primarily for undergraduate biology majors, this title can also serve to introduce graduate students and medical students to the field.
  • Synthesizes breakthroughs in this rapidly evolving discipline in a succinct, organized manner.
  • A student-centered approach empowers students to craft their own learning.
  • Best-in-class art program helps students visualize and tie together key concepts.
  • Scientist Speak interviews with world-renowned luminaries highlight the process of science and methods used in developmental research.
  • "Further Development" feature-makes for easy distinction between foundational and advanced coverage in each chapter offering teaching flexibility.
  • Primary literature appendix helps students with developmental research.
  • An extraordinary set of?teaching and learning resources.
  • Rich pedagogy empowers? instructors to effectively deliver the principles and cutting-edge developments while engaging students in learning with superb visuals and active learning.

About the Author(s)

Michael J. F. Barresi is Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience at Smith College. He has received the Viktor Hamburger Prize in education from the Society of Developmental Biology and the Sherrerd prize for distinguished teaching from Smith College. Michael has pioneered the use of a variety of technologies to engage students and faculty in novel ways with the concepts of developmental biology as well as with researchers making discoveries in this field.

Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology (emeritus) at Swarthmore College and a Finland Distinguished Professor (emeritus) at the University of Helsinki. He has received the Viktor Hamburger Prize in education from the Society of Developmental Biology as well as the Alexander Kowalevsky Award in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.

Table of Contents

    Ch. 1 The Making of Body and a Field: Introduction to Developmental Biology
    Ch. 2 Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning
    Ch. 3 Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell Differentation
    Ch. 4 Cell-to-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation
    Ch. 5 Stem Cells: Their Potential and Their Niches
    Ch. 6 Sex Determination and Gametogenesis
    Ch. 7 Fertilization: Beginning a New Organism
    Ch. 8 Conceptualizing Early Development: Essential Processes
    Ch. 9 Snails, Flowers and Nematodes: Different Mechanisms for Similar Patterns of Specification
    Ch. 10 The Genetics of Axis Specification Drosophila
    Ch. 11 Sea Urchins and Tunicates
    Ch. 12 Amphibians and Fish
    Ch. 13 Birds and Mammals
    Ch. 14 Early Human Development
    Ch. 15 Neural Tube Formation and Patterning
    Ch. 16 Brain Growth
    Ch. 17 Neural Crest Cells and Axonal Specificity
    Ch. 18 Ectodermal Placodes and the Epidermis
    Ch. 19 Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their Derivatives
    Ch. 20 Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Heart, Blood, and Kidneys
    Ch. 21 Development of the Tatrapod Limb
    Ch. 22 The Endoderm: Tubes and organs for Digestion and Respiration
    Ch. 23 Metamorphosis: The Hormonal Reactivation of Development
    Ch. 24 Regeneration
    Ch. 25 The Environmental and Symbiotic Regulation of Development
    Ch. 26 Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change

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