Developmental Biology

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Amherst College

How can a single cell, the fertilized egg, give rise to all the specialized cells of an adult? What gives rise to biological form?  What is the molecular logic of the pathways that progressively refine cellular identities? How do cells "talk" to one another so as to coordinate their behaviors as embryos develop form and function? How can parts of an organism be regenerated with only the appropriate regions remade, structured identically to the missing ones? How does a stem cell differ from a non-stem cell? How can genetically identical organisms be cloned? This course will offer an integrative study of the development of animals, leading to the formulation of the principles of development, including an introduction to experimental embryology and developmental physiology, anatomy, genetics and "evo-devo." Laboratory work explores embryonic development and regeneration in amphibians, sea urchins, nematodes, flatworms, fruit flies, fish, and chickens.  Four classroom hours and three hours of laboratory per week.

Requisite: BIOL 191. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 16 students. Fall semester. Professor Poccia.

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Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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You must take one section for each of the following coreqs : BIOL-221F,BIOL-221L
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Developmental Biology
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Dominic Poccia MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM MCLS 230