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Developmental Biology


By: Scott F Gilbert(Author), Michael JF Barresi(Author)

500 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Sinauer Associates

Hardback | Jun 2016 | Edition: 11 | #229529 | ISBN-13: 9781605354705
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A classic gets a new coauthor and a new approach: Developmental Biology, Eleventh Edition keeps the excellent writing, accuracy, and enthusiasm of the Gilbert Developmental Biology book, streamlines it, adds innovative electronic supplements, and creates a new textbook for those teaching Developmental Biology to a new generation.

Several new modes of teaching are employed in the new Gilbert and Barresi textbook. The videos explaining development – as well as those from Mary Tyler’s Vade Mecum – are referenced throughout the book, and several other valuable new elements have been added. Click here to learn more.

Additional updates include:
- An increased emphasis on stem cells, which are covered extensively and early in the book.
- Sex determination and gametogenesis, instead of being near the end of the volume, are up front, prior to fertilization.
- Greatly expanded coverage of neural development, comprising a unit unto itself.
- Coverage of new experiments on morphogenesis and differentiation, as well as new techniques such as CRISPR.

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Patterns and Processes of Becoming: A Framework for Understanding Animal Development
1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental Organization
2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning
3. Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation
4. Cell-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of Morphogenesis
5. Stem Cells and Their Niches: Cell Generation and Regeneration

Gametogenesis and Fertilization: The Circle of Sex
6. Sex Determination and Gametogenesis
7. Fertilization: Beginning a New Organism

Early Development: Cleavage, Gastrulation, and Axis Formation
8. Rapid Specification in Snails and Nematodes
9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila
10. Sea Urchins and Tunicates: Deuterostome Invertebrates
11. Amphibians and Fish
12. Birds and Mammals

Building with Ectoderm: The Vertebrate Nervous System and Epidermis
13. Neural Tube Formation and Patterning
14. Brain Growth
15. Axons and Neural Crest Cells
16. Epidermis and Ectodermal Placodes

Building with Mesoderm and Endoderm: Organogenesis
17. Paraxial Mesoderm: Segmentation and Somite Differentiation
18. Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Blood, Heart, and Kidneys
19. The Tetrapod Limb
20. Endoderm: Tubes and Organs for Digestion and Respiration

Postembryonic Development
21. Metamorphosis
22. Regeneration
23. Aging

Development in Wider Contexts
24. Development in Health and Disease: Birth Defects, Endocrine Disruptors, and Cancer
25. Development and the Environment: Biotic, Abiotic, and Symbiotic Regulation of Development
26. Development and Evolution: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change

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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 François I from the Collège 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 an Associate 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.

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