Developmental Biology

[New Entry by Alan Love on March 23, 2015.] Developmental biology is the science of explaining how a variety of interacting processes generate an organism's heterogeneous shapes, size, and
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[New Entry by Alan Love on March 23, 2015.] Developmental biology is the science of explaining how a variety of interacting processes generate an organism's heterogeneous shapes, size, and structural features that arise on the trajectory from embryo to adult, or more generally throughout a life cycle. It represents an exemplary area of contemporary experimental biology that focuses on phenomena that have puzzled natural philosophers and scientists for more than two millennia. Philosophers of biology have shown renewed interest in developmental biology due to the potential relevance of development for understanding evolution, the theme of...

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