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Principles of Development

By: Lewis Wolpert(Author), Cheryll Tickle(Author), Alfonso Martinez Arias(Author), Peter Lawrence(Contributor), James Locke(Contributor)
741 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
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How does a single cell develop into myriad different specialised cell types, control the organization of these different cells into tissues and organs, and ultimately form an unimaginably complex living organism such as a human? Furthermore, how is it possible for some adult animals, but not others, to regenerate fully functioning limbs?

Principles of Development opens up the fascinating field of developmental biology to those wanting to understand the answers to questions such as these. Cutting edge science is explained clearly and succinctly and is richly illustrated with a variety of custom drawn figures, animations, and links to online movies that show development happening in real time.

The emphasis throughout the text is always on the key principles of development – the underlying processes shared by diverse groups of organisms. This focus on principles provides a framework on which a richer understanding of specific topics can be built. Moreover, extensive pedagogical support is provided, both in Principles of Development and online, making this text the complete package for those studying developmental biology.


1: History and basic concepts
2: Drosophila life cycle and development of the body plan
3: Vertebrate life cycles, experimental techniques & human development
4: Laying down the vertebrate body plan: Xenopus and zebrafish
5: Laying down and completing the vertebrate body plan: chick and mouse
6: Development of nematodes and sea urchins
7: Morphogenesis: change in form in the early embryo
8: Cell differentiation & stem cells
9: Germ cells, fertilization & sex
10: Organogenesis
11: Development of the nervous system
12: Growth, post-embryonic development and regeneration
13: Plant life cycle and development
14: Evolution and development

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Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, UK. He is the author of The Triumph of the Embryo, A Passion for Science, The Unnatural Nature of Science, and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Cheryll Tickle is Foulerton Research Professor of The Royal Society at the University of Bath, Bath, UK.

Alfonso Martinez Arias is Professor of Developmental Mechanics at the University of Cambridge, UK

By: Lewis Wolpert(Author), Cheryll Tickle(Author), Alfonso Martinez Arias(Author), Peter Lawrence(Contributor), James Locke(Contributor)
741 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
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"An extremely well written book that explains the major developmental concepts and processes in a clear and concise manner, approachable to students. I find the provision of in silico practical activities and on-line journal club supported by lecturer notes extremely helpful for my teaching. Together with on-line MCQs, I use these to test the students' knowledge and help them develop deep understanding and enthusiasm for the subject."
– Dr Aida Rajic, University of Suffolk

"The organisation and clarity of the writing and figures together really help to convey the principles of Developmental Biology to the enquiring student. This is supplemented by the provision of questions and some online material to cement and broaden understanding. "
– Dr Michael Taylor, Cardiff University

"A really good introduction to developmental biology, covering all the core topics students need to know. The writing and figures are very clear, and there are very useful online resources for both the student and the lecturer."
– Dr Joanna Richardson, University of Sussex

"Well written, excellent diagrams, nice online resources (especially the signalling pathway animations)."
– Dr Thomas Butts, University of Liverpool

"This book provides a detailed description of all essential aspects of developmental biology, in addition to some information about evolution in relation to developmental biology."
– Dr Hegias Mira Bontenbal and Dr Willy M Baarends, University Medical Centre Rotterdam

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