By: Ruth Bellairs and Mark Osmond
323 pages, 100 plates, 62 line illus
The chick embryo has long occupied a special place among developmental biologists for both research and teaching. In recent years, its popularity has been extended to molecular biologists, biochemists, and geneticists because of its ready availability, short incubation period, and ease of handling. Until now, no modern atlas has been available to help researchers in the identification of sectioned material. This outstanding work is the only modern book devoted to the chick embryo and has been an essential resource for geneticists, molecular and developmental biologists, and other life scientists who use the chick embryo as their research model. This new enlarged and updated second edition is published in response to continuing demand. The text provides a detailed description of development, from fertilization to hatching, with emphasis on the earlier stages though also covering individual organ systems in detail. There are reviews of the more recent molecular research and a new section highlighting the important landmarks in the history of chick embryology which have had an impact on our understanding of developmental processes. The book is beautifully illustrated with 74 text-figures and over 500 photographs, including nearly 200 new scanning electron micrographs.
In this much-awaited second edition, Ruth Bellairs and Mark Osmond provide the research community with an updated version of the only available publication dedicated to the chick embryo...an essential reference text for developmental biologists and geneticists who use the chick embryo as a research model. The atlas is also an excellent source for educators wishing to explore the chicken embryo in the teaching laboratory. - Nicole A. Theodosiou, Bowdin College, in IN VITRO CELL DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
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