2. Dictyostelium discoideum
3. The Sea Urchin
4. Caenorhabditis elegans, the Nematode Worm
6. The Leech
8. The Zebrafish
9. Xenopus and Other Amphibians
10. The Chick
11. The Mouse
12. The Human
This book was written to help developmental biologists and molecular geneticists working on one embryo understand research being done on others, but it has two other purposes. One is to highlight the wide range of developmental and morphogenetic problems that are currently being investigated, many of which still lack even the beginnings of a molecular solution, and the other is to display the sheer wonder at the way in which the complexity and richness of the functioning organism are generated by a modest egg. I therefore hope that developmental biologists from undergraduates onwards will not only find the book useful but will also enjoy browsing through its pages and letting the embryos speak of their mysteries through their pictures.
This book is a joint effort and I am grateful to my collaborators who have set aside their research work in order to show how their embryos develop and what they can do. In addition, I particularly appreciate the generosity of our many colleagues who have allowed us to use their photographs: embryology is a visual subject and pictures are more powerful than words can ever be in bringing the subject to life. I would also like to thank Vernon French for his comments and advice, Tracy Cooper, my editor, for her support, enthusiasm and help, and Penny Bourke who had the difficult task of integrating the text and pictures to produce a book that was both easy to read and pleasing to look at.
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