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Principles of Development is designed for undergraduates. The emphasis is on principles and key concepts. Central to the authors' approach is that development can best be understood by understanding how genes control cell behaviour. They have assumed that students have some basic familiarity
with cell biology and genetics, but all key concepts, like the control of gene activity, are explained in the text.
'We have resisted the temptation to cover every aspect of development and have, instead, focused on those systems that best illuminate common principles. Indeed a theme that runs throughout the book is that universal principles govern the process of development' (Lewis Wolpert, Introduction)
The focus of the text is on vertebrates and Drosophila, but not to the exclusion of other systems, such as the nematode and the sea urchin, where they best illustrate a concept. An important feature of the book is the inclusion of the development of plants, which is usually neglected in other
textbooks, but has some unique and important features.
Principles are presented as clearly as possible and numerous summaries are provided, both in words and in pictures. The illustrations in the book are a special feature, and have been carefully designed and chosen to illustrate both experiments and mechanisms.
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Lewis Wolpert is at Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, University College London. Rosa Beddington is at Head of the Division of Mammalian Development at the National Institute for Medical Research, London.Review:
`Review from previous edition Wolpert has done well, both in relation to the selection of which topics to include and in the level of detail at which they are presented ... Wolpert has taken great care to make things as clear and simple as he can.'
`... the illustrations are the best I have ever seen. They are absolutely perfect ... The way in which they illuminate mechanisms, experiments and results will be a great help to students.
...All aspects of biology, from the historical to the epistemological, are beautifully presented.
...I am not a plant biologist but I agree that here we have `the best presentation of plant development available' (Scott Poethig, Philadelphia), even though the main focus is on vertebrates and Drosophila and other animal systems.'
European Journal of Histochemistry
`"With the inclusion of new teaching support materials, Wolpert can be used as an all-sufficient textbook for students at first and second year level."'
BSDB Newsletter 44, Winter 2001
"This is a second edition of a clearly written undergraduate textbook that emphasises the fundamental ways in which genes control the course of development leading from embryos to adult forms". The Times Higher Education Supplement, November 2002.
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