Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Cellular Aspects of Retinal Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Edward H. Polley, Roger P. Zimmerman, Richard L. Fortney
      Pages 3-29
    3. Russell D. Fernald
      Pages 31-42
    4. Maree J. Webster, Ursula C. Drager, Jerry Silver
      Pages 69-86
    5. Alan D. Springer
      Pages 87-111
    6. Sally G. Hoskins
      Pages 113-148
    7. Audie G. Leventhal, Jeffrey D. Schall
      Pages 173-195
  3. Phylogenetic, Evolutionary, and Functional Aspects of Retinal Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-198
    2. Lyn D. Beazley, Sarah A. Dunlop, Alison M. Harman, Lee-Ann Coleman
      Pages 199-226
    3. Russell D. Fernald
      Pages 247-265
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 283-287

About this book


The vertebrate retina has a form that is closely and clearly linked to its func­ tion. Though its fundamental cellular architecture is conserved across verte­ brates, the retinas of individual species show variations that are also of clear and direct functional utility. Its accessibility, readily identifiable neuronal types, and specialized neuronal connectivity and morphology have made it a model system for researchers interested in the general questions of the genet­ ic, molecular, and developmental control of cell type and shape. Thus, the questions asked of the retina span virtually every domain of neuroscientific inquiry-molecular, genetic, developmental, behavioral, and evolutionary. Nowhere have the interactions of these levels of analysis been more apparent and borne more fruit than in the last several years of study of the develop­ ment of the vertebrate retina. Fields of investigation have a natural evolution, rdoving through periods of initial excitement, of framing of questions and controversy, to periods of synthesis and restatement of questions. The study of the development of the vertebrate retina appeared to us to have reached such a point of synthesis. Descriptive questions of how neurons are generated and deployed, and ques­ tions of mechanism about the factors that control the retinal neuron's type and distribution and the conformation of its processes have been posed, and in good part answered. Moreover, the integration of cellular accounts of development with genetic, molecular, and whole-eye and behavioral accounts has begun.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara L. Finlay
    • 1
  • Dale R. Sengelaub
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Development of the Vertebrate Retina
  • Editors Barbara L. Finlay
    Dale R. Sengelaub
  • Series Title Perspectives in Vision Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-43060-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-5594-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-5592-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 308
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
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