Developmental Biology

A diagram demonstrating normal vs. animal half alone development of a sea urchin.

Normal development and animal half development of an early sea urchin embryo. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

7.22 / 7.72

As Taught In

Fall 2005


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This graduate and advanced undergraduate level lecture and literature discussion course covers the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate animal development. Evolutionary mechanisms are emphasized as well as the discussion of relevant diseases. Vertebrate (mouse, chick, frog, fish) and invertebrate (fly, worm) models are covered. Specific topics include formation of early body plan, cell type determination, organogenesis, morphogenesis, stem cells, cloning, and issues in human development.

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Hazel Sive, and Martha Constantine-Paton. 7.22 Developmental Biology. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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