Centrosomes play an integral role in the growth of cells and the ultimate development of many animals, and sometimes plants. In addition to the normal growth of cells, centrosomes can also play a key role in the spread of cancer and are of increased interest to both the genetics and oncology communities. Volume 49 of "Current Topics in Developmental Biology" will present all known research surrounding the centrosome, across a variety of systems, will be well referenced, and speculate where the research is headed. It discusses centrosomes and cancer, centrosomes and early development, and molecular biology of the centrosome. It is heavily illustrated, with many color figures. Chapters are written by international leaders in the field.
There is no book in print that treats the subject of the centrosome as the only focus of its publication. Thus, the arrival of The Centrosome in Cell Replication and Early Development on the bookshelf is most welcome and fills a genuine need. ...The book covers its subject well. The topics have been well thought out, and the contents are quite up-to-date... This book will serve as a very useful reference guide to cell biologists and a rather comprehensive introduction to the topic for cell-biology students, who can find much of the complexity and mysteries, along with the great variety among systems, presented in a single place. There is much here to stimulate the imagination. --Robert Margolis, Institut de Biologie Structurale, France, in NATURE CELL BIOLOGY (October 2001) "Overall, this is an excellent book that has clear discussions of all facets of the many-sided centrosome...succeeds in both scope and depth..." --CELL (May 2001)
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