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Developmental Biology (8th Ed) by S.F. Gilbert

Developmental Biology, Eighth Edition



  • Scott F. Gilbert


  • Hardcover: 785 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.; 8th Bk&Cdr edition (March 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 087893250X
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.0 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.25 pounds


Book Description

The Eighth Edition of Developmental Biology expands its coverage of the mechanisms of development, the roles that environmental factors play in development, the medical applications of our knowledge of development, and the roles that development plays in evolution, highlighting all the incredible advances that have been made in the last three years. Written primarily for undergraduate biology majors, it also serves to introduce graduate students and medical students to developmental biology.

A completely updated text integrates classical developmental biology with contemporary techniques, including new material on: stem cells niches; microRNAs; sperm-egg attraction and binding; induction and maintenance of pluripotency; pioneer transcription factors and the recruitment of nucleosome remodeling proteins; left-right gene expression asymmetry; heart chamber specification; neural crest cell specification and differentiation; somite formation; human brain growth genes; the syndetome; new sources of muscle precursor cells; newly discovered mechanisms of teratogenesis; the effects of endocrine disruptors on human development; sex determination pathways in the brain; the effects of maternal nutrition on gene expression and disease susceptibility in the adult offspring; controversies over digit specification in birds and dinosaurs and whether mammalian blastomere fate is biased at the first division; and much more. Included with every copy of the book is Vade Mecum2: An Interactive Guide to Developmental Biology. In addition to a wealth of interactive content, this updated version includes a new Teachers’ and Student’s Resource with PowerPoint® slides of chick whole mounts and serial sections. A searchable PDF file on the CD contains full citations for the book’s literature cited, with links to PubMed. The CD also includes Mary Tyler’s laboratory manual, Developmental Biology: A Guide for Experimental Study, Third Edition, in electronic (PDF) format. textbook and provides more information for advanced students, historical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives on issues in developmental biology, movies, interviews, Web links, and updates. The website includes the full bibliography of literature cited in the book (over 5,000 references), most of which are linked to their PubMed citations.  

Book Info

Introductory textbook emphasizing a core of developmental biology paradigms and principles. Includes color illustrations, chapter-end summaries, and a CD-ROM that complements the text. Also, the text is linked to a website which is keyed to the text’s chapters. System requirements: Windows 95/98/NT+ or Mac OS 8.5+, 64MB RAM, and 20MB free space. Previous edition: c1997. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 


Outstanding in-depth intro to developmental biology, December 22, 2002

I think Scott Gilbert has done an absolutely stupendous job in writing this clearly written, beautifully illustrated and up-to-date exposition of developmental biology. The concluding chapter on evolutionary developmental biology is brief but very well done. The websites associated with the book and the CD provide much additional information. Definitely the premier textbook in this area. Don’t tackle it without having taken at least a course in cell biology, and some exposure to biochemistry and genetics would be helpful as well. The last time I read a dev bio textbook was when I was in college 30 years ago; how things have changed!