Principles of Developmental Genetics

Principles of Developmental Genetics, 2nd Edition

Principles of Developmental Genetics, 2nd Edition,Sally Moody,ISBN9780124059450

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This is a modern review of the critical prenatal developmental processes in animals, synthesizing basic developmental biology with systems, new technological advances and human genetics and genomics.

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Key Features

  • All-new coverage of systems biology and stem cell biology in context of evolving technologies places the work squarely on the modern sciences
  • Chapters are complemented with a bulleted summary for easy digestion of the major points, with a clinical summary for therapeutic application
  • Clinical highlights provides a bridge between basic developmental biology and clinical sciences in embryonic and prenatal syndromes


Providing expert coverage of all major events in early embryogenesis and the organogenesis of specific systems, and supplemented with representative clinical syndromes, Principles of Developmental Genetics, Second Edition discusses the processes of normal development in embryonic and prenatal animals, including humans. The new edition of this classic work supports clinical researchers developing future therapies with its all-new coverage of systems biology, stem cell biology, new technologies, and clinical disorders. A crystal-clear layout, exceptional full-color design, and bulleted summaries of major takeaways and clinical pathways assist comprehension and readability of the highly complex content.


Basic cell and developmental biologists, developmental geneticists, stem cell biologists, clinical scientists and evo-devo biologists.

Sally Moody

Sally A. Moody is Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the George Washington University Medical Center, and a member of both the Neuroscience and Genetics programs. Prior to this appointment she was on the faculty of the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Developmental Biology program at the University of Virginia. She trained in developmental neurobiology at the University of Florida’s Department of Neuroscience and the University of Utah’s Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Dr. Moody’s current research focuses on the cascade of interactions that instruct lineages to give rise to the frog nervous system. She has taught developmental neurobiology in the MBL "Neurobiology" course and was co-director of the "Early Development of Xenopus Laevis" course at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She has also served on many National Institute of Health advisory committees dealing with issues in developmental biology and developmental neurobiology, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Developmental Biology.

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George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Principles of Developmental Genetics, 2nd Edition

Section I: Emerging Technologies and Systems Biology
1. Untangling the Gordian knot: Cell signaling events that instruct development
2. RNA-seq and deep sequencing
3. Using mutagenesis in mice and zebrafish for developmental gene discovery
4. Chemical approaches to control stem cell fate
5. BMP signaling and stem cell self-renewal in the Drosophila ovary
6. Genomic Analyses of Neural Stem Cells
7. Chordate origins, stem cells and regeneration

Section II: Early Embryology and Morphogenesis
8. Dorsal-ventral axis patterning in insects
9. Building dimorphic forms: an examination of the genetic pathways that intersect embryonic patterning and sex determination
10. Anterior-Posterior patterning in mammals
11. Early development of epidermis and neural tissue
12. Taking the middle road: mesoderm induction and the blastula-gastrula transition
13. Endoderm induction
14. Epithelial branching: mechanisms of patterning and self-organization
15. Lateral line migration

Section III: Organogenesis
16. Neural cell fate determination
17. Retinal development
18. Neural crest determination
19. Determination of preplacodal ectoderm and sensory placodes
20. Olfactory development
21. Inner ear development
22. Molecular genetics of tooth development
23. Induction of the cardiac lineages
24. Blood vessel formation
25. Blood induction and embryonic formation
26. Vertebrate kidney formation: a comparative perspective
27. Development of the genital system
28. Skeletal  development
29. Formation of vertebrate limbs
30. Patterning the embryonic endoderm into presumptive organ domains
31. Pancreas Development and Regeneration

Section IV: Selected Clinical Problems
32. Diaphragmatic embryogenesis and human congenital diaphragmatic defects
33. Genetic and developmental basis of congenital cardiovascular malformations
34. Multiple Roles of T-box genes
35. Craniofacial syndromes: etiology, impact and treatment
36. DeGeorge and related syndromes
37. Neural tube defects

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"...expert coverage of all major events in early embryogenesis and the organogenesis of specific systems, supplemented with representative clinical syndromes."-Anticancer Research

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