First published in 1956, this book was considered the first comprehensive and unitary work on the subject since 1934. It provides an analysis of the relations between genetics and epigenetics, between genes and their effects. The book will be of interest to ebryologists, but also to more general biologists.
Part I: The Facts of Development 1. The Science of Embryology 2. The Gametes 3. Fertilisation 4. Cleavage 5. The Echinoderms 6. Spirally Cleaving Eggs 7. The Ascidians and Amphioxus 8. The Insects 9. The Verterbrates: Amphibia and Birds 10. The Epigenetics of the Embryonic Axis 11. Embryo Formation in Other Groups of Vertebrates 12. Organ Developmetn in Vertebrates 13. Growth 14. Regeneration Part II: The Fundamental Mechanisms of Development 15. The Role of the Genes in the Epigenetic System 16. The Activation of the Genes by the Cytoplasm 17. The Synthesis of New Substances 18. Plasmagenes 19. The Differentiating System 20. Individuation- The Formation of Pattern and Shape; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index