List of Contributors. Foreword. (Tim Hunt) Section I: Oocyte Determination. Chapter 1: The Sperm/Oocyte Decision, a C. elegans Perspective (Ronald Ellis). Chapter 2: Sex Determination and Gonadal Development (Alexander Combes, Cassy Spiller and Peter Koopman). Chapter 3 : Clytia hemisphaerica: A Cnidarian Model for Studying Oogenesis (Aldine Amiel, Patrick Chang, Tsuyoshi Momose and Evelyn Houliston). Section II: Oocyte Growth. Chapter 4: Soma--Germline Interactions in the Ovary: an Evolutionary Perspective (David Albertini and John Bromfield). Section III: Homologous Chromosome Pairing and Recombination. Chapter 5: Homologous Chromosome Pairing and Synapsis during Oogenesis (Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans and Anne Villeneuve). Chapter 6: Meiotic Recombination in Mammals (Sabine Santucci-Darmanin and Fre'de'ric Baudat). Section IV: Meiosis Resumption. Chapter 7: Initiation of the Meiotic Prophase-to-Metaphase Transition in Mammalian Oocytes (Laurinda A. Jaffe and Rachael P. Norris). Chapter 8: Oocyte-Specific Translational Control Mechanisms (Isabel Novoa, Carolina Eliscovich, Eula'lia Belloc and Rau'l Me'ndez). Chapter 9: MPF and the Control of Meiotic Divisions: Old Problems, New Concepts (Catherine Jessus). Section V: The Cytological Events of Meiotic Divisions. Chapter 10: Meiotic Spindle Assembly and Chromosome Segregation in Oocytes (Julien Dumont and Ste'phane Brunet). Chapter 11: Mechanisms of Asymmetric Division in Metazoan Meiosis (Marie-He'le'ne Verlhac and Karen Wingman Lee). Section VI: Biological Clocks Regulating Meiotic Divisions. Chapter 12: The Control of the Metaphase-to-Anaphase Transition in Meiosis (M. Emilie Terret). Chapter 13: Mechanisms Controlling Maintenance and Exit of the CSF Arrest (Thierry Lorca and Anna Castro). Chapter 14: Cytostatic Arrest: Post-ovulation Arrest Until Fertilization in Metazoan Oocytes (Tomoko Nishiyama, Kazunori Tachibana and Takeo Kishimoto). Section VII: Oocyte Ageing in Mammals. Chapter 15: Mammalian Oocyte Population throughout Life (Roger Gosden, Eujin Kim, Bora Lee, Katia Manova and Malcolm Faddy). Section VIII: From Oocyte to Embryo. Chapter 16: Fertilization and the Evolution of Animal Gamete Proteins (Julian L. Wong and Gary M. Wessel). Chapter 17: Remodelling the Oocyte into a Totipotent Zygote: Degradation of Maternal Products (Jose'-Eduardo Gomes, Jorge Merlet, Julien Burger and Lionel Pintard). Chapter 18: Chromatin Remodelling in Mammalian Oocytes (Rabindranath De La Fuente, Claudia Baumann, Feikun Yang and Maria M. Viveiros). Chapter 19: Follicles and Medically Assisted Reproduction (Susan L. Barrett and Teresa K. Woodruff). Index.