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Amphibia

  • F. S. Billett
  • A. E. Wild

Abstract

Our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of animal development in general, and of vertebrate development in particular, owes much to work on amphibian embryos. This work spans the whole of the period of experimental embryology in the modern sense, starting with the establishment of fundamental operative techniques at the turn of the century and extending to contemporary studies of nuclear transplantation and biochemical analysis. The usefulness of amphibians is not confined to their embryos; the metamorphosis of their larvae and their capacity for regeneration have also contributed much to developmental studies. This emphasis on amphibian development is reflected in the special attention given to amphibia in all elementary texts dealing with embryology. This is true not only of texts of a general kind but also of the majority of practical manuals. In view of the wealth of material already available it is perhaps presumptuous to add yet more to the countless descriptions and practical suggestions already made. Yet we do so for two reasons. The first is the weaker one, namely, for the sake of completeness of the practical approach to development. Any account with no more than a mention of these embryos would be deservedly considered unbalanced and peculiarly biased.

Keywords

Xenopus Laevis Nuclear Transplantation Neural Plate Animal Development Practical Study 
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© F. S. Billett and A. E. Wild 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. S. Billett
    • 1
  • A. E. Wild
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of SouthamptonUK

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