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Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction
   

Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Wolpert, Lewis

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From a single cell - a fertilized egg - comes an elephant, a fly, or a human. How does this astonishing feat happen? How does the egg 'know' what to become? How does it divide into the different cells, the separate tissues, the brain, the fingernail - every tiniest detail of the ...growing foetus? These are the questions that the field of developmental biology seeks to answer. It is an area that is closely linked to genetics, evolution, and molecular biology. The processes are deeply rooted in evolutionary history; the information is held in genes whose vital timings in switching on and off is orchestrated by a host of proteins expressed by other genes. Timing is of the essence. Here, the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert gives a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning created by Hox genes and the development of form, embryonic stem cells, the timing of gene expression and its management, chemical signalling, and growth.
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ISBN 9780199601196
Released NZ 25 Oct 2011
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199601196
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 25 Oct 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wolpert, Lewis
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Science
Biology & Life Sciences
Developmental Biology
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 116mm
Height: 172mm
Spine: 9mm
Dewey Code 571.8
Weight 136g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Developmental biology
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade

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