GS04 1073 Developmental Biology
Behringer, Richard. Three semester hours. Spring annually. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Developmental Biology is one of the fundamental modern biological disciplines. This course provides an in-depth examination of the basic cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms by which a fertilized zygote transforms into an organism with fully differentiated and functioning tissues. Topics covered will include cell to cell communication, patterning of the embryo, tissue morphogenesis, cell differentiation and stem cells, advantages and disadvantages of classical and genetic model organisms for analyzing development, postembryonic development and regeneration, and the profound implications of developmental biology for medicine and evolution. The course is lecture-based but will emphasize the experimental evidence underlying the basic principles of Developmental Biology and will discuss current debates and recent findings that have yet to be simplified for textbook presentation.