Principles of Development (6th edition)
Principles of Development (6th edition)

Principles of Development (6th edition)

Lewis Wolpert; Cheryll Tickle; Alfonso Martinez Arias
  • Emphasis throughout on the underlying principles - the commonalities between different organisms and their development - enables students to get a clear sense of the 'big picture' of the subject.
  • Key points at the beginning and end of every chapter, with concise summaries at the end of every section, reinforce the essential concepts that students should understand.
  • Custom-drawn artwork makes the visualisation of processes and mechanisms in this challenging subject as straightforward as possible.
  • Opportunities for problem solving are presented throughout the text and website, including short and long answer questions at the end of each chapter, interactive online MCQs, and online 'Journal Clubs'.
  • Medical boxes explore key developmental diseases and place the subject in the context of human health and disease.
  • Further experimental detail, including Experimental boxes, discuss both classic and current experimental research, demonstrating 'how we know what we know'.

New to this Edition:

  • Significantly enhanced organisation sees the text sorted via processes, reinforcing key concepts.
  • Restructured sections on the Drosophila body plan ensure major concepts and principles are explained with the right amount and level of supporting experimental evidence, rather than overwhelming the reader.
  • Extended coverage of new experiments on morphogenesis and differentiation, as well as new techniques such as CRISPR.
  • Greatly expanded plant examples include references on evolution and development and sections on vernalization.

How does a single cell develop into myriad different specialised cell types, control the organization of these different cells into tissues and organs, and ultimately form an unimaginably complex living organism such as a human? Furthermore, how is it possible for some adult animals, but not others, to regenerate fully functioning limbs?
Principles of Development opens up the fascinating field of developmental biology to those wanting to understand the answers to questions such as these. Cutting edge science is explained clearly and succinctly and is richly illustrated with a variety of custom drawn figures, animations, and links to online movies that show development happening in real time.
The emphasis throughout the text is always on the key principles of development - the underlying processes shared by diverse groups of organisms. This focus on principles provides a framework on which a richer understanding of specific topics can be built. Moreover, extensive pedagogical support is provided, both in the book and online, making this text the complete package for those studying developmental biology.


1: History and basic concepts
2: Drosophila life cycle and development of the body plan
3: Vertebrate life cycles, experimental techniques & human development
4: Laying down the vertebrate body plan: Xenopus and zebrafish
5: Laying down and completing the vertebrate body plan: chick and mouse
6: Development of nematodes and sea urchins
7: Morphogenesis: change in form in the early embryo
8: Cell differentiation & stem cells
9: Germ cells, fertilization & sex
10: Organogenesis
11: Development of the nervous system
12: Growth, post-embryonic development and regeneration
13: Plant life cycle and development
14: Evolution and development


Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, UK. He is the author of The Triumph of the EmbryoA Passion for ScienceThe Unnatural Nature of Science, and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Cheryll Tickle is Foulerton Research Professor of The Royal Society at the University of Bath, Bath, UK
Alfonso Martinez Arias is Professor of Developmental Mechanics at the University of Cambridge, UK

Eleanor Lawrence, freelance science writer and editor
Amanda Thomas, freelance science editor
Professor Jim Smith, Head of Department, Cambridge Cancer Center
Professor Peter Lawrence, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge 
Professor James Locke, Sainsbury Laboratory , University of Cambridge
Matthew McClements, Science Illustrator

"An extremely well written book that explains the major developmental concepts and processes in a clear and concise manner, approachable to students. I find the provision of in silico practical activities and on-line journal club supported by lecturer notes extremely helpful for my teaching. Together with on-line MCQs, I use these to test the students' knowledge and help them develop deep understanding and enthusiasm for the subject." - Dr Aida Rajic, University of Suffolk

"The organisation and clarity of the writing and figures together really help to convey the principles of Developmental Biology to the enquiring student. This is supplemented by the provision of questions and some online material to cement and broaden understanding. " - Dr Michael Taylor, Cardiff University

"A really good introduction to developmental biology, covering all the core topics students need to know. The writing and figures are very clear, and there are very useful online resources for both the student and the lecturer." - Dr Joanna Richardson, University of Sussex

"Well written, excellent diagrams, nice online resources (especially the signalling pathway animations)." - Dr Thomas Butts, University of Liverpool

"This book provides a detailed description of all essential aspects of developmental biology, in addition to some information about evolution in relation to developmental biology." - Dr Hegias Mira Bontenbal and Dr Willy M Baarends, University Medical Centre Rotterdam


ISBN : 9780198800569

Lewis Wolpert; Cheryll Tickle; Alfonso Martinez Arias
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Principles of Development (6th edition)

Principles of Development (6th edition)

Principles of Development (6th edition)