The main emphasis of this unit of study concerns the mechanisms that control animal development. Early developmental processes including fertilisation, cleavage, and gastrulation leading to the formation of the primary germ layers and subsequent body organs are described in a range of animals, mainly vertebrates. Stem cells of both embryonic and adult origin will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the parts played by inductive cell and tissue interactions in cell and tissue differentiation, morphogenesis and pattern formation. This will be studied at both cellular and molecular levels.
Four to five 1-hour theory lectures and/or one 1-hour tutorial per week
One 2-hour exam, tutorial research papers and Seminar (100%)
Gilbert, SF. Developmental Biology. 11th edition. Sinauer Associates Inc. 2016.
BMedSc degree students: You must have successfully completed BMED2401 and an additional 12cp from BMED240X before enrolling in this unit.
ANAT2008 or BMED2401) and Human biology; BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3 or MEDS1X01