Thoroughly updated, streamlined, and enhanced with pedagogical features, the twelfth edition of Barresi and Gilbert's Developmental Biology engages students and empowers instructors to effectively teach both the stable principles and the newest front-page research of this vast, complex, and multi-disciplinary field. This much loved, well-illustrated, and remarkably well written textbook invigorates the classical insights of embryology with cutting edge material, and makes the most complex topics understandable to a new generation of students. Designed with the undergraduate student in mind, this new, streamlined edition now contains studies of plant development, expanded coverage of regeneration, over a hundred new and revised illustrations, and deeply integrated active learning resources that build on the text's enthusiasm and accuracy. This is a text designed to make students become excited about how animals and plants develop their complex bodies from simple origins.
The new edition makes it easier to customize one's developmental biology course to the needs and interests of today's students, integrating the printed book with electronic interviews, videos, and tutorials. Michael J. F. Barresi brings his creativity and expertise as a teacher and as an artist of computer-mediated learning to Developmental Biology, allowing the professor to use both standard and alternative ways of teaching animal and plant development.
PART I. PATTERNS AND PROCESSES OF BECOMING: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 1. Making New Bodies: Mechanisms of Developmental Organization
Chapter 2. Specifying Identity: Mechanisms of Developmental Patterning
Chapter 3. Differential Gene Expression: Mechanisms of Cell Differentiation
Chapter 4. Cell-to-Cell Communication: Mechanisms of Morphogenesis
Chapter 5. Stem Cells: Their Potential and Their Niches
PART II. GAMETOGENESIS AND FERTILIZATION: THE CIRCLE OF SEX
Chapter 6. Sex Determination and Gametogenesis
Chapter 7. Fertilization: Beginning a New Organism
PART III. EARLY DEVELOPMENT: CLEAVAGE, GASTRULATION, AND AXIS FORMATION
Chapter 8. Rapid Specification in Snails and Nematodes
Chapter 9. The Genetics of Axis Specification in Drosophila
Chapter 10. Sea Urchins and Tunicates: Deuterostome Invertebrates
Chapter 11. Amphibians and Fish
Chapter 12. Birds and Mammals
PART IV. BUILDING WITH ECTODERM: THE VERTEBRATE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND EPIDERMIS
Chapter 13. Neural Tube Formation and Patterning
Chapter 14. Brain Growth
Chapter 15. Neural Crest Cells and Axonal Specificity
Chapter 16. Ectodermal Placodes and the Epidermis
PART V. BUILDING WITH MESODERM AND ENDODERM: ORGANOGENESIS
Chapter 17. Paraxial Mesoderm: The Somites and Their Derivatives
Chapter 18. Intermediate and Lateral Plate Mesoderm: Heart, Blood, and Kidneys
Chapter 19. Development of the Tetrapod Limb
Chapter 20. The Endoderm: Tubes and Organs for Digestion and Respiration
PART VI. POSTEMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 21. Metamorphosis: The Hormonal Reactivation of Development
Chapter 22. Regeneration
PART VII. DEVELOPMENT IN WIDER CONTEXTS
Chapter 23. Development in Health and Disease: Birth, Defects, Endocrine Disruptors, and Cancer
Chapter 24. Development and the Environment: Biotic, Abiotic, and Symbiotic Regulation of Development
Chapter 25. Development and Evolution: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
Michael J. F. Barresi is Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College, where he has pioneered the use of a variety of technologies to engage student in novel ways with the concepts of developmental biology as well as the researchers making the discoveries of this field.
Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology Emeritus at Swarthmore College and a Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Helsinki. He has received the Viktor Hamburger Prize in teaching from the Society of Developmental Biology as well as the Alexander Kowalevsky Award in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.
"Development Biology is a very readable, balanced, and thorough introduction covering all the most important aspects of this fascinating field. This is an excellent textbook for introducing beginners, advanced students, and even experts from other fields to the beauty and complexity of developmental and regenerative biology."
– Michael Levin, Tufts University
"This is the definitive developmental biology textbook – a real classic that has been updated to include newly-understood concepts from fast-moving fields. It is inspiring to students to see how quickly the entire field of developmental biology has been transformed into a molecular science."
– Jessica LaMae Whited, Harvard University
"This book is the gold standard in developmental biology. The many micrographs and its comprehensiveness make it an indispensible resource for serious students in the field."
– Jeff Hardin, University of Wisconsin-Madison