Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology

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Developmental biology is the study of the mechanisms of development, differentiation, and growth in animals and plants at the molecular, cellular, and genetic levels. The discipline has gained prominence in part due to new interdisciplinary approaches and advances in technology, which have led to the rapid emergence of new concepts and words. The Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology is the first comprehensive reference focused on the terms, research, history, and people of this field.
This authoritative A-to-Z resource covers classical morphological and cytological terms along with those from modern genetics and molecular biology. Extensively cross-referenced, the Dictionary includes definitions of terms, explanations of concepts, and biographies of historical figures. Comparative aspects are described in order to provide a sense of the evolution of structures. All features of embryology and developmental biology are covered, including:
? Vertebrates
? Invertebrates
? Plants
? Developmental genetics
? Evolutionary developmental biology
? Molecular developmental biology
? Medical embryology
The author's premium on accessibility allows readers at all levels to enhance their vocabulary in their field and understand terminology beyond their specific focus. Researchers and students in developmental biology, cell biology, developmental genetics, and embryology will find the Dictionary to be a vital resource.

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"Dr. Dye has provided a reference book for students and scientists interested in development that provides easy access in one location to the answers to a lot of detailed and difficult questions [...] The book is concise, thorough [...] and useful. It is a nice piece of work that appropriately fills an empty niche in the scientific literature." (James L. Culberson, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy, West Virginia University)

"[Frank Dye] has done a superb job collecting and defining the myriad terms used in developmental biology and has done so with precision, clarity, and completeness...the detailed nature of the definitions show great mastery of the field...the inclusion of short biographies of historical figures is outstanding and gives great depth to the book." (Mary Tyler, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maine)

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Other disciplines within the field of biology have a modern dictionary devoted to them; e.g., genetics, cell biology and plant science; this is not the case with embryology and developmental biology. This dictionary is designed to fill this gap. In addition to terminology, it also presents historical vignettes of some of the outstanding contributors to the field and brief explanations of concepts in the field.

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