1: History and basic concepts
2: Development of the Drosophila body plan
3: Vertebrate development I: Life cycles and experimental techniques
4: Vertebrate development II: Xenopus and zebrafish
5: Vertebrate development III: Chick and mouse-completing the body plan
6: Development of nematodes and sea urchins
7: Plant development
8: Cell differentiation and stem cells
9: Morphogenesis: change in form in the early embryo
10: Germ cells, fertilization, and sex
12: Development of the nervous system
13: Growth, post-embryonic development and regeneration
14: Evolution and development
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 the book and online, making this text the complete package for those studying developmental biology.